NHS La­nark­shire to run sui­cide aware­ness week

Rutherglen Reformer - - NEWS -

A host of events are be­ing held across La­nark­shire to pro­mote Sui­cide Aware­ness Week which started on Mon­day and runs un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

NHS La­nark­shire, both North and South La­nark­shire Coun­cils and other part­ners are all tak­ing part in the aware­ness week.

Kevin O’Neill, NHS La­nark­shire’s public men­tal health and well-be­ing de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said:“Sui­cide Aware­ness Week has be­come a ma­jor date in the health and so­cial care cal­en­dar for both health pro­fes­sion­als and the wider public and I think this high­lights the im­por­tance ev­ery­one places on this is­sue.

“Ev­ery sui­cide is a tragedy, but we’re tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the fact that re­cent sui­cide sta­tis­tics show a 10 per cent re­duc­tion in the rates across La­nark­shire since 2002.

“I think that’s tes­ti­mony to all the work the part­ners are un­der­tak­ing lo­cally.

“We know that if we re­move the taboo and make men­tal health prob­lems and thoughts of sui­cide eas­ier to talk about, then we will save lives.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on both and other events, visit: www. ela­ment.org.uk/

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