Graf­fiti plan to de­liver the help mes­sage

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

Peo­ple in Wishaw and Shotts will no­tice a change to pave­ments across the towns in the com­ing weeks.

That’s be­cause a new cam­paign, aimed at young peo­ple, will see graf­fiti be­ing sten­cilled on to streets.

The RUOK? Cam­paign by the North La­nark­shire Sui­cide Preven­tion Part­ner­ship aims to make it eas­ier for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low mood or sui­ci­dal thoughts to con­tact agen­cies who can help.

The graf­fiti, in three ver­sions with dif­fer­ent sup­port numbers, is be­ing placed in high vis­i­bil­ity ar­eas where peo­ple – and young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar – are likely to see it.

It means that they can eas­ily take a pic­ture with their mo­bile phones or write down the num­ber to get help.

Lynne MacDon­ald of the Sui­cide Preven­tion Part­ner­ship said:“The graf­fiti is highly vis­i­ble.

“We think it will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to con­tact some­one who can of­fer sup­port.

“The most im­por­tant thing about sui­cide is to talk about it and it’s es­sen­tial we shat­ter the se­crecy.

“Be­cause the graf­fiti is un­usual and eye­catch­ing we hope it will in­spire con­ver­sa­tions for young peo­ple.

“Help is avail­able if you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low mood or feel­ing sui­ci­dal and we want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple to get that sup­port.”

The paint used in the sten­cils is biodegrad­able and will fade over time.

“The three sup­port agen­cies high­lighted are Sa­mar­i­tans, Breath­ing Space and Child­line.

“The RUOK? Cam­paign is be­ing pi­loted in Wishaw and Shotts and the re­sults will be closely eval­u­ated be­fore a further roll-out across North La­nark­shire.”

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