Suicide Prevention Week 2018 – Review and Replay
12 September 2018 Blogroll
Radio Saltire and Changes Community Health Project have joined forces for Suicide Prevention Week 2018. As with previous years, we have been fortunate to have Brian Glass from Changes co-present and produce the week-long series of special programmes. The focus has been on reaching out, how various organisations help people suffering with suicidal thoughts and low mood, and lifting burdens that can cause changes in mental health, such as debt. There has also been a view to helping people spotting signs of suicidal tendencies in other people and obtain training for improving their and others’ mental health.
If you are feeling down or need someone to talk to, remember that help is available and there are people ready and willing to take your call.
- The Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours a day)
- Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87 (6pm-2am, Mon-Thurs; 6pm Fri-6am Mon)
- NHS 24 – 111
- CHANGES Musselburgh – 0131 653 3977
Monday 10th September
Andy Morris and Brian Glass looked at this year’s suicide statistics, how they compared to last year and the reasons why. They were joined by Christine Chambers – East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Mental Health Officer/Strategy Officer and Rachael King – Choose Life Co-Ordinator, East Lothian.
Tuesday 11th September
A recorded interview conducted by Brian Glass with PCs Allen Paul and Karen McIlroy from Police Scotland, which looked at the developed training officers are taught and practice when they encounter a suicidal or very distressed person.
Wednesday 12th September
Brian and Les Duff were joined by Andy Boyle from Christians Against Poverty. Andy explained about how debt and poverty can cause depression and trigger suicidal thoughts, as well as outlining the dedicated work CAS do lift people out of the financial situation they find themselves in. The second part comprises of an interview with Laura Dickson, who is Well Being Advisor with Queen Margaret University, exploring the help available to students who may be facing stress or depression whilst studying.
Follow up links: http://www.capdebthelp.org / 0800 328 0006 / andrewboyle @ capuk.org
Thursday 13th September
This programme centred on the free Suicide Awareness training that is available for anyone living or working within East Lothian.
The Scottish Government recently announced some major changes to the current arrangements and Brian briefly touched on them.
However, the overwhelming fact is that Employers and those in responsible positions (HR for example) alike should be encouraged to participate in Suicide Awareness Training as employees welfare is becoming more and more an issue and Mental First Aid is not currently readily available in many industries.
He cited the costs involved in sorting out the after effects of a suicide and compared them to the costs involved in training someone who might recognise the signs and perhaps be in a position to help someone in the future.
Brian went on to extol the virtues of a number of different courses available that are held in various venues within the county that are designed for different levels of involvement – from the very basic to the more in-depth learning modules.
He suggested that anyone interested (as they are available to anyone and everyone) to make contact with him via Changes on 0131 657 3977 if they were interested and together they could decide at what level best suited the applicants.
Friday 14th September
For the final programme, Andy Morris spoke to two guests from the Dunbar area who joined him in the studio. First, author and actress Rita Bradd, who spoke openly about her brother who committed suicide 50 years ago. Five decades on, Rita looks at the perception it held then and now. Secondly, Kate Darrah, Managing Director from The Ridge, explained about the project’s aims in helping people, who cannot easily get to specialist services in places such as Edinburgh, with employment, regeneration and all manner of mental health in Dunbar. There is also a review of a recent event held by Rita in memory of her brother and providing suicide awareness, in which Andy and Kate attended.
Follow up links: https://the-ridge.org.uk/
David Caldwell Changes Community Health Project, Christians Against Poverty, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, Queen Margaret University, Rita Bradd, SAMH, Suicide Prevention Week, The Ridge