Local Lothian MSP Neil Findlay has showed his support to those affected by suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day, which is taking place today, Thursday 10th September.
In Scotland, an average of two people die by suicide every day meaning that tragically most people will have, or will be, affected by suicide at some point in their lives.
The mental health charity, SAMH, is supporting Scotland’s new approach to suicide prevention, United to Prevent Suicide, which aims to:
• Engage Scotland’s public that suicide prevention is their business
• Move people on from disassociation with the issue
• Equip people with the knowledge and skills to be confident in talking about suicide and supporting someone to get help
• Involve stakeholders across Scotland in promoting the messages and spread the word to their audiences
• Prepare the ground work for those who want to be engaged
Local MSP Neil Findlay believes that there is a crisis in mental health that needs to be met with urgent funding.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“Tragically, we have all known someone who has attempted, or completed suicide at some point in our lives. In recent months, we have seen mental health negatively impacted in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“We are facing a crisis in mental health – an indictment of the society we are living in – and a chronic lack of support services for those who are suffering or in crisis. If the Government is serious about preventing suicide, they must urgently inject more funding and resources into our health service and support services.