Choose Life campaign continues to support Suicide Prevention Week in Edinburgh.

Choose Life and read between the lines – these are the messages that are being promoted by the City of Edinburgh Council during National Suicide Prevention Week 2017.

Choose Life is tackling this through its ‘Read between the lines’ campaign, which calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them. The message is that if you’re worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.

To support people in Edinburgh to get behind the campaign, Choose Life has widely available information cards with simple ‘how to help’ steps, and materials such as the Art of Conversation which gives advice on starting conversations about suicide and listening effectively.

Raising awareness of suicide prevention and giving the public information is a vital part of the Choose Life work. A number of activities are taking place in Edinburgh during Suicide Prevention Week, including:

  • Unveiling of the SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) bench event in the Royal Botanic Gardens at 4pm on Thursday 7 September. It is hoped that this bench dedicated to SOBS and Choose Life will raise awareness and provide a place for survivors of bereavement by suicide to come individually or meet for reflection and support.
  • The ‘Guided Time for Reflection’ a non-denominational service for those touched by suicide on Sunday 10 September at 3pm at St Augustine’s Church, George the IV Bridge.

The awareness week complements ongoing work by the Council's Choose Life coordinator, which includes suicide prevention and awareness training to staff in the Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, the HMP Prison service and the voluntary sector.

For help and further advice if you are concerned that someone you know might be at risk, contact:
Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87; or
The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90;
Or download the free In Hand app for help with mental health at www.inhand.org.uk

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