Aug 222012

Most folk nowadays knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by a suicide.

To those involved it is tragic and often misunderstood.

Unfortunately, Scotland heads the league table in Britain when it comes to suicide rates and it has done so for the last 30 or 40 years.

East Lothian FM have been invited to work in conjunction with Choose Life – East Lothian, Changes from Musselburgh and NHS Lothian, by presenting a series of live discussions on air in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Week, which will be running nationally from Monday 10th, to Friday 14th. September.

Each discussion will take place and broadcast daily shortly after 10.00 a.m. each morning.

This is part of a Scottish-wide national awareness campaign designed to draw the attention of the public to this most dreadful of occurrences.

The discussions will involve a cross section of people from all walks of life who regularly come into contact with patients and families of patients – including specialists, councillors and patient mentors and will include such topics as how to identify the early signs, what to do and who to turn to for help.

Extensive training courses are freely available in East Lothian for people who think they might benefit if they find themselves in the close environment of a potential victim and we will explore just what and where advice on these courses can be found.

However, and more importantly, we will be talking openly and frankly about a subject that even in these days of liberalism and social reform, is still regarded by many as Taboo.

Whether or not listeners have been affected by this most disturbing of deep and personal problems, these frank discussions will serve to make people much more aware of the front line and back-up services that are to be had here in East Lothian.