IN BRIEF

Sui­cide preven­tion foot­ball tour­ney

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE -

Over 300 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual seven-a-side foot­ball tour­na­ment held by Sui­cide Preven­tion North La­nark­shire.

The event took place yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 12) at Raven­scraig Re­gional Sports Fa­cil­ity.

It was be­ing held as part of Sui­cide Preven­tion Week and in­cluded play­ers from Mother­well FC, Air­drieo­ni­ans, Al­bion Rovers, Clyde as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rangers and Celtic.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Trag­i­cally, sui­cide con­tin­ues to dev­as­tate com­mu­ni­ties right across North La­nark­shire, with 40 peo­ple tak­ing their own lives last year and 680 peo­ple across Scot­land dy­ing by sui­cide. Th­ese fig­ures are truly shock­ing, with males be­tween the ages of 34 and 54 al­most three times more likely to take their own lives than any other group.

“As a coun­cil, and in part­ner­ship with other pub­lic sec­tor and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, we are trying to do all we can to raise aware­ness that there is help avail­able.”

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