Raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention

Suicide prevention week campaign posters
Suicide prevention week campaign posters

A six-mile walk and a 15-mile cycle ride are taking place on Saturday to support suicide prevention in the Borders.

The events are taking place as part of Suicide Prevention Week, with NHS Borders, the council and other local partners supporting Choose Life’s ‘Read Between the Lines’ national campaign during this week.

Allyson McCollam, joint head of health improvement for NHS Borders and SBC, said: “Suicide has an immense impact on society, on local communities and on individuals, and we can all play a large part in preventing suicides.

“The aim of Suicide Prevention Week this year is to promote the involvement of the general public; offering them support and help to gain valuable skills in identifying signs of suicidal intent in the people around them: friends, colleagues, family members or neighbours, and encouraging them to talk about how they feel.”

As well as raising awareness, the Choose Life campaign aims to reassure people that asking someone about what is troubling them can make a positive difference.

Both the walk and the cycle leave Princes Royal Trust Carers Centre, Brewerybrig, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels at 10am.

Details can be found at www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk or by calling 01835 825970.