Find out about depression

To mark Depression Awareness Week Choose Life volunteers will hold information stands across the North-east to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Choose Life is the national campaign to reduce the level of suicide.

Information points will be set up during the day on Thursday, April 17, (today) at Asda Fraserburgh, the Co-op in Banff and the Trinity Centre, Aberdeen.

The information points will be staffed by Choose Life representatives who will be able to offer advice and speak to people about the services provided by local authorities and other organisations.

Visitors to the stands can find out who to turn to for help either for themselves or someone they know and will also be able to take information away.

Choose Life Coordinator Neil Murray commented: “It is widely recognised that people who suffer from depression can feel hopeless and experience suicidal thinking.

“We thought it would be helpful to let them know that there are always people they can turn to for help and support. It’s also important that people understand the value of being a good listener especially if someone is contemplating suicide.

“The local Choose Life Steering Group is made up of lots of organisations focused on providing support including the Samaritans and CRUSE bereavement counselling services both of which have offices in the north east of Scotland and are staffed by volunteers.”

In Scotland two people die each day on average by suicide and statistics show that around three out of four deaths are male, mainly in middle age. Each death is a tragedy which has a lasting impact on families, friends and communities.

For information on what to do if you are worried someone is feeling suicidal, and to download ‘The Art of Conversation’, a free guide on spotting the signs and starting a conversation visit www.chooselife.net/ask

For more details on Choose Life, contact Neil Murray at neil.murray@samh.org.uk