MSP urges support for Suicide Week

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has highlighted the importance of Suicide Prevention Week, which takes place from September 4 to 10.

Commenting on the awareness event, Mr Stevenson said: “Every day, around two people die from suicide in Scotland, which is two deaths too many so we need to be looking to the ways in which to reduce this sad statistic which affects all ages, genders and cultures.

“The starting point can be to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and demonstrate that talking about problems is not a weakness, but a necessity and that it is the responsibility of all in society to tackle this problem, and not simply hide it away. We must acknowledge that simply talking about suicide does save lives.

“Hopefully, people will learn to recognise the signs of someone becoming vulnerable, so that preventative action can be taken.

“It is about time that suicide stops being one of society’s taboos, which is a hidden killer and one of the biggest killers of young Scottish men”