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Suicide Prevention Week: Help those who are struggling

By Chris Saunderson

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SUICIDE Prevention Week should be a reminder for people to be aware of friends, relatives and neighbours who may be struggling.

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has highlighted the importance of supporting those facing mental health issues.

Look out for some the tell-tale signs.
Look out for some the tell-tale signs.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a very significant challenge for many of us, but some are more vulnerable to the impact the enforced isolation has brought. That’s why it’s so important to be kind and to be aware.

“Keeping in touch with friends and family, or a gentle enquiry when something seems wrong, could make all the difference to someone who may be feeling vulnerable. It’s good for people to know that they’re not alone.

“We must also remember that young people can be badly affected, and many have not had the access to the support their friend groups provide and which can be a huge help.

“We know from analysis that the younger age group, and particularly young men, can have a particularly tough time, and the Scottish Youth Parliament found mental health was one of the key concerns of the young people they surveyed”.

Mr Halcro Johnston added: “Help is always available and NHS Inform provide an excellent sign-posting service to help you find it at: www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/suicide ."

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