‘Read between the lines’ can help save lives
LAST YEAR, 15 people in Argyll and Bute took their own lives, leaving a lasting impact on families, friends and communities.
Choose Life, the suicide prevention charity, is sending out the message to people in the region: ‘If you can read between the lines, you can save lives’, during suicide prevention week.
The ‘Read between the lines’ campaign calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them. The message is that if you’re worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
Tracy Preece, Choose Life co- ordinator in Argyll and Bute, said: ‘You tend to know when someone close to you isn’t quite themselves. So if you notice any changes in their behaviour that worry you – even if the signs come and go – ask them about it.
‘ You’ll find that talking can help a person get clarity about what it is that’s troubling them, and often gives a sense of perspective. Starting a conversation is half the battle. You don’t need to have an answer to their problems – just be there for them, try to listen carefully without judging, and show that you care.
‘If it feels right, ask if they are thinking about suicide. It won’t put the thought in their head if it wasn’t there before, but it can be a big relief for them to be able to say, “yes, I am” and acknowledge they need help.’
For more information, visit: www. chooselife.net/.