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NHS La­nark­shire say there is a sup­port net­work in place as they work hard to re­duce the num­ber of sui­cides across the re­gion.

Se­nior health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Su­san McMor­rin said:“Ev­ery sui­cide is a tragedy and each sui­cide has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and we con­tinue to work with fam­i­lies and oth­ers im­pacted by sui­cide to bet­ter un­der­stand what help and sup­port is needed.

“Since the late 1990s, the five-year rolling av­er­age for sui­cide in La­nark­shire has shown a gen­eral de­cline.

“While this is en­cour­ag­ing, we are well aware that a lot of work is still re­quired to help re­duce the stigma of men­tal ill-health and en­cour­age

peo­ple to seek help if they re­quire sup­port for their men­tal health.

“As such we con­tinue to work hard to tackle sui­cide in part­ner­ship with both La­nark­shire lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, health and so­cial care part­ner­ships and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as the Sa­mar­i­tans, and through the Choose Life sui­cide pre­ven­tion group.”

Ms McMor­rin added: “Re­cent sui­cide pre­ven­tion work in La­nark­shire has fo­cused on tack­ling the taboo of sui­cide through ini­tia­tives such as the ‘Sui­cide: Don’t hide it. Talk about it’cam­paign and pro­mot­ing tele­phone sup­port avail­able from the Sa­mar­i­tans, Breath­ing Space and in­for­ma­tion on the La­nark­shire men­tal health web­site www. ela­ment.org.uk

“We have also utilised the sup­port of lo­cal groups and agen­cies such as schools, clubs, fire, po­lice, the health and so­cial care part­ner­ship, com­mu­nity learn­ing and the home school part­ner­ship to help raise aware­ness of the is­sue.”

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