Graffiti plan to deliver the help message
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.”