Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

Read between the lines…

That’s the message Choose Life is sending out to people throughout the Borders during Suicide Prevention Awareness Week (9th – 14th September) to promote the involvement of whole communities in suicide prevention.

The focus of this year’s campaign is to support the general public to look out for signs of suicidal intent in the people around them – friends, colleagues, family members or neighbours and encourage them to talk about how they feel.

The week’s events aim is to encourage a sense of community responsibility across the Borders and to give residents the confidence to initiate conversations about suicide themselves and know who they can signpost to, or approach for advice and information themselves.

The week’s events are as follows:

Thursday 12th – Chooselife will have a table at the Big Event in Hawick which will have available information on various organisations throughout the Borders that give support and help on issues such as Suicide Prevention and Mental Ill Health.

Saturday 14thHopeful Steps Sponsored Walk and Hopeful Routes Sponsored Cycle. These annual event starts off at Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, finishing at SAMH in Island Street for refreshments.

Throughout the week – Radio Borders Action Week – listen out for interviews with 5 local organisations, explaining their role within the community and the support and help that they can provide.

The organisations are Borderline, CAB, Scottish Borders Rape Crisis, Princess Royal Carers (Borders) Trust and Samaritans.

If you require any further information contact the Joint Health Improvement Team on 01835 825 970.