‘Suicide is something I’ve now ruled out’
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.