Neil Findlay MSP this week met with Donna Paterson-Harvie from the Neil’s Hugs Foundation
The foundation, set up by Donna from Linlithgow, is committed to helping families and friends in Scotland affected by a loved one’s attempted/completed suicide.
Donna’s son Neil lost his life after a long battle with mental health issues at the age of 32. In response Donna has set up the charity to help people going through similar experiences.
Neil Findlay said:
“If we can reduce the stigma attached to suicide and give some support to the loved ones of those who have passed on we should make every effort to do so.
“Donna is a strong local voice for this brilliant cause. Her experiences can help others to get through the most difficult of times, and I want to help to get the charity off the ground.
Any support local people can offer to Neil’s Hugs will be greatly appreciated and be used to ease the suffering of those at an extremely difficult point in their life”
Between 2009 and 2014 nearly 4,500 individuals died from suicide in Scotland, equivalent to 15 suicides for every 100,000 people per year.
Around three-quarters of the deaths were in men (73%).
Suicides were around three times more likely in those from the most deprived areas than those in the least deprived areas.