Tack­ling sui­cide

Wishaw Press - - SELF-HELP SESSIONS - Ben Ra­m­age

A Wishaw coun­sel­lor is lead­ing a kind-hearted group of­fer­ing men­tal health help to tackle sui­cides.

Julie Mur­phy, a psy­chother­a­pist based in the town, has joined up with Smokin’ Guns Fit­ness gym and Gird­woods Bar to pro­vide two in­for­ma­tion evenings pro­mot­ing self-care in a bid to stop those with mild to mod­er­ate prob­lems pro­gress­ing to more se­ri­ous is­sues.

They will be held in Gird­woods to­day (Wed­nes­day) and to­mor­row from 6pm un­til 9pm.

Julie, pic­tured with Jean Mccaw from Gird­wood’s, is bring­ing to­gether a host of groups and busi­nesses from the town which she hopes will help peo­ple with de­te­ri­o­rat­ing men­tal health turn the tide.

“Sui­cide and sui­cide at­tempts have been go­ing on so much in the area re­cently,” Julie ex­plained. “But be­ing sui­ci­dal shouldn’t be the yard­stick for men­tal health.”

She said the aim was to work with peo­ple who are be­gin­ning to have trou­ble with their men­tal health – step­ping in early be­fore it is too late.

Hav­ing worked in pris­ons for the last four years, Julie has seen re­mark­able turn­arounds through self-care.

She hopes the events ham­mer home the mes­sage that peo­ple need to look af­ter them­selves, emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally, and not down­play feel­ings of anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion.

Julie said: “The fo­cus has been aimed at peo­ple suf­fer­ing with se­vere men­tal health is­sues and sui­cide preven­tion.

“As great as this is, I worry peo­ple at the mild to mod­er­ate end are be­ing over­looked. I have heard peo­ple state too many times ‘I feel daft or silly be­cause I’m not sui­ci­dal’. “Peo­ple who are strug­gling with their men­tal health al­ready have low self­es­teem and self-worth and min­imise their prob­lems, in­ter­nal­is­ing their own is­sues as ir­rel­e­vant and unim­por­tant.

“You need to look af­ter your­self. We’re try­ing to get that mes­sage to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, what­ever their age.”

At­tend­ing the event will be sup­port groups, gym rep­re­sen­ta­tives and coun­sel­lors, with the aim of shar­ing ideas for bet­ter self-care.

Julie added: “Peo­ple may have been in­ter­ested in coun­selling but un­sure what it in­volves, or join­ing a gym but again un­sure or scared to make that first move.

“If they come along we can have a chat and answer any ques­tions they may have and hope­fully re­move the fear of the un­known once they meet us face to face.

“This is a tried and tested method I have used in the past. We de­lib­er­ately chose Novem­ber as this is just be­fore Christ­mas, which can be a re­ally hard time for peo­ple.

“We ask any­one look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about this for them­selves or a loved one to please come along and find out more.”

Sup­port Jean Mccaw with Julie Mur­phy

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