The Choose Life Challenge Cup, Lothian Five-a-Side Football Tournament will take place on Saturday 7 September from 9.30am until 12.30pm at Gracemount Leisure Centre, 22 Gracemount Drive, Edinburgh, EH16 6RN.
John Murphy is a Project Worker with Scottish charity Health in Mind and as the event organiser he believes the Choose Life Challenge Cup is a fantastic event for ‘kicking off’ Suicide Prevention Week which runs until Saturday 14 September.
So many young men find it hard to talk about their feelings and football is one of a number of activities that promotes a sense of belonging, reduces isolation and offers a comfortable space for guys to get together.
The event provides a great opportunity to find out about the issues and the services available locally.
Teams from Edinburgh, Mid, East and West Lothian are taking part but would we like more teams to register as well as people to come along and support the tournament on the day.
John is keen to point out that finding out about the issues means we can help the people we care about.
If there’s someone you know who you think might be considering suicide; ask them and be willing to listen and encourage them to get help – you could help save their life.
Alternatively if you are feeling suicidal, don’t hide it; find someone you trust and talk to them.
The Choose Life Campaign is part of the national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.
The partners in the Choose Life Challenge Cup – Lothian Five-a-Side Football Tournament are: NHS Lothian, East Lothian Council, The City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian and West Lothian Council.
To register your team or find out more, contact John Murphy on 0131 663 1616.