As groups around the country mark World Suicide Prevention Day NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) joined forces today with Choose Life Glasgow to hold a special ‘Candlelight Celebration of Life’ event.
The event in the Tranquility Garden at Gartnavel Royal was an opportunity for families and friends who have lost a loved one through suicide to celebrate their life by lighting a candle in their memory.
Christine Tait, Health Improvement Practitioner, North West Health Improvement Team said: “World Wide Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September enables us to focus on suicide prevention and to get the message across that suicide is preventable and that we all need to work together to reduce the stigma and taboo.
“Anyone having suicidal thoughts can get the support needed to help them overcome these feelings.”
Every day it is estimated two people take their own lives in Scotland and it is the leading cause of death among young people.
Helping to prevent suicide and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the community, especially those most at risk is a key priority for NHSGGC.
There are well-established connections between poverty and ill-health, and suicide and self-harm but by working closely with Scottish Government, Glasgow Choose Life and local partners there are a number of innovative programmes which are reaching disadvantaged communities to make a difference.
Larry Callary, NHSGGC Learning and Education, added: “NHSGGC have trained over 3,000 staff from NHS, Social Work, Education and Voluntary Sector services.
“This has substantially increased the number of people who are alert and confident to offer assistance to those at risk of suicide.
“On Suicide Prevention Day, it is essential that we acknowledge those whose lives have been affected by suicide.”
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Pic: Family, friends and staff remember loved ones in the Tranquillity Garden, Gartnavel Royal Hospital.