‘Sui­cide is some­thing I’ve now ruled out’

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A COUN­CIL­LOR has told how he is no longer con­tem­plat­ing tak­ing his own life.

An­gus coun­cil­lor Ben Lawrie said he is hav­ing coun­selling and tak­ing med­i­ca­tion to help him through the dark days.

Mr Lawrie, a fourth-year psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at St An­drews Univer­sity, said he wanted to speak as openly as pos­si­ble about his strug­gles ahead of the re­lease of a doc­u­men­tary about his men­tal health jour­ney.

Mr Lawrie at­tempted to take his own life in 2013 as he strug­gled with de­pres­sion while study­ing at Dundee Col­lege.

He started cam­paign­ing on men­tal health is­sues three years ago and said ser­vices re­main as “un­der­funded and un­der­staffed” as they were in 2015.

He said: “What we need is the re­sources to de­liver the ser­vices needed – it all comes down to po­lit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties.”

Mr Lawrie added: “De­pres­sion and anx­i­ety are things that still re­ally af­fect me to this day. I still have dark days but sui­cide is some­thing I’ve thank­fully man­aged to rule out now.”

He has been work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary called A Con­fes­sion of De­pres­sion over the past cou­ple of years with lo­cal film­maker Stu­art Burns.

The doc­u­men­tary is due for re­lease on YouTube on March 14 af­ter a screen­ing at Moni­fi­eth High School for the peo­ple in­volved in the pro­duc­tion.

Left, grit­ter driver Sean Feeney on his route in Dundee and right, John Mackie, six, has fun on walk to Inchview Pri­mary. Perth solic­i­tor Richard Gray clear­ing his car for work.

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