Charity Samaritans will be hosting a wellbeing event in Houston Square in Johnstone this Saturday to raise awareness of the support available for anyone who may be going through a tough time.
The event, which will run from 10am to 5pm, comes a day before World Suicide Prevention Day, which this year has the theme ‘take a minute to change a life’.
Samaritans volunteers will be lending a listening ear from their ‘We Listen’ campaign trailer, whether you’re struggling yourself or worried about someone else. Other support services on hand will include Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), Breathing Space, Choose Life and Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health.
Samaritans’ Executive Director for Scotland, James Jopling said: “Sixteen people took their own life in Renfrewshire last year and the loss of each one of those lives will have had a devastating impact on families, friends and colleagues.
“We know that communities can play a key role in preventing suicide, so it’s truly heartening to see this community come together to tackle the issue. Taking time to look out for those around us can have a real impact. Please drop into our event and take a minute this World Suicide Prevention Day to ask someone how they are, and to really listen to that answer.
“Taking that minute truly change a life.”
Rosemary Mullan, who is the service co-ordinator for Choose Life, a suicide prevention service run by Renfrewshire Council, said: “Discussing thoughts of suicide can be a source of relief and the key to preventing immediate danger. It is also vital that support is available to help families cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide.
“The number of people taking their own lives has fallen in Renfrewshire every year since 2011, but it’s important that anyone struggling is aware of the support that is available.”