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Suicide Prevention – First Response


Each year in September, Radio Saltire together with ‘Changes’, which is a Community Health Project, combine forces before and during Suicide Prevention Week to highlight this most disturbing of topics. We attempt to bring to the public’s attention the many services that are available to sufferers – and friends and family alike, that can be called upon to help and assist at times of severe stress and depression.

We think that we have made a big difference in this part of the world but unfortunately, this is an all year round problem and not one that lasts for just a week once every twelve months.

‘Changes’ is trying to address this here in East Lothian and together with ‘Penumbra’ (one of Scotland’s largest Mental Health Charities) and ‘Stepping Out’, the Mental Health Project based in East Lothian, have set up a 1st. Response Support Group that is on call throughout the county so that anyone needing confidential help and advice has somewhere to go that is close to home.

Advice can be sought from specially trained councillors on all sorts of subjects including money or debt worries, unemployment or problems at work, housing issues, changes in health and Family or caring concerns. In fact, whatever the issue, there is someone there who can offer support to resolve your issue.

To access help and assistance, which remember is free and totally confidential, you can visit your local 1st. Response Councillor at the following locations on the days listed below.
And remember, you can just turn up – as no appointment is necessary.

1: UK National Coverage – the Samaritans; Available 24/7 – Tel: 116 123 (free)

2. Scotland – Breathing Space: Available – Weekdays: Monday – Thursday 6.00 pm to 2.00 am
Weekends: Friday 6.00 pm – Monday 6.00 am
Tel: 0800 83 85 87 (free)

3. East Lothian. All are Drop in Centres. No Appointment Necessary.

Monday (1st & 3rd of the month) 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
North Berwick Community Centre, Law Road, North Berwick, EH39 4PN

Monday (Weekly) 12.00 Noon – 2.00 pm
George Johnstone Centre, McNeill Room, 35, Winton Place, Tranent, EH33 1AE

Tuesday (Weekly) 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
CHANGES, 108, Market Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6QA

Wednesday (2nd & 4th of the month) 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Bleachingfield Centre, Countess Road, Dunbar, EH42 1DX

Thursday (Weekly) 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

John Gray Centre, Star Room, Lodge Street, Haddington, EH41 3DX

Friday (Weekly) 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Pennypit Centre, Rope Walk, Prestonpans, EH32 9BN