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National Suicide Prevention week 2013: 8th – 14th September
Every September, National Suicide Prevention week provides the opportunity for people to talk openly about suicide helping to reduce the stigma which surrounds it. This year Lifelink provides our website visitors with the opportunity to view a film which is very much linked to this week.
‘Still In Our Hearts’ is a film about suicide bereavement. It explores the challenges faced by people who have lost family members and/ or friends to suicide. It offers first-hand accounts of their personal experiences of dealing with the loss of their loved ones and sends out their messages to help and support others who are going through and have gone through similar life changing experiences. The film, which was produced as part of the Bereaved by Suicide pilot programme, led by Lifelink for the North East Glasgow Suicide Prevention Forum, and funded by the Positive Mental Attitudes programme (part of Glasgow City Community Health Partnership North Sector Health Improvement Team), is intended to raise awareness amongst services of the specific challenges people who are bereaved by suicide face, and to support those who are dealing with these. Carolyn Wood of Lifelink explained that suicide affects people from all walks of life, regardless of their social or economical circumstances. People who are bereaved by suicide, and who may also be affected by the stigma that is associated with suicide, often remain silent and don’t talk about how they are feeling.
One of the key messages from the people interviewed for this film is ‘Talk about it – there’s no shame’, ‘You may need to talk to a stranger’, ‘Trained individuals can help you talk about it’. Poignantly the film ends with this final quote from one of the participants about the person they’ve lost, ‘You’ll never forget them because the memories are all in your heart and you’ll take them wherever you go.’
The film will also be shown on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September at ‘the Candlelight Celebration of Life’ event.
Useful Contact Numbers and websites for Adults:
Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87
The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 for access to urgent mental health services available over 24 hours through the Community Mental Health Team and Crisis Service