Below is text for a press release on a subject close to my heart and one I have struggled with: suicide. I have buried victims, walked with those left behind and wondered what it must be like to reach that place in your mind where that seems the only option...
My biggest concern is for young men, amongst whom suicide is on the increase. In a world that runs on instant communication why are they left with no-one to talk to or no idea how to talk...
I recommend these events...
National suicide prevention week runs until Sunday 14 September and to mark the week in Edinburgh, Choose Life have organised two events.
On Saturday 6 September there will be a screening of the film FreeFall - A Personal Guide to the Prevention of Suicide.
Through personal testimony and expert comment, this sensitive documentary film offers a wealth of social and scientific insight for anyone who has been touched by suicide and its consequences.
It explores the complex nature of suicide, looks at its many causes and identifies life situations that might make people vulnerable. It makes all of us more aware of the risk factors enabling us to spot those who might need our help. It outlines the positive steps that can be taken to aid those in crisis. And it provides practical and effective ways to get people to help themselves in their darkest hour.
The screening takes place at 3:30pm at the Filmhouse.
On Sunday 7 September there is a special service for those touched by suicide. Taking place at Augustine Unite Church, 41 George IV Bridge at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
Choose Life is a 10 year strategy and action plan to reduce suicide in Scotland, launched by the Scottish Government in 2002.
Choose Life sets out a framework to ensure that action is taken nationally and locally to build skills, develop training, encourage people to seek help early, improve knowledge and awareness of 'what works' to prevent suicide, and to encourage partnership working and improved co-ordination between services.
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