Football clubs back suicide prevention
It’s time to talk and save lives
Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire has entered into a unique shirt sponsorship agreement with the four local professional football teams.
Motherwell FC, Airdrieonians FC, Albion Rovers and Clyde FC will all be displaying the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire logo on the back of their strips during season 2018/19.
Each club will also be displaying prominent suicide prevention messages around their stadiums throughout the upcoming season.
Suicide is responsible for more deaths in Scotland each year than traffic accidents, and in particular affects young men.
Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire, and the local clubs have all pledged to support Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire to help raise awareness that help is available for those who need it.
Council Deputy Leader, Paul Kelly said: “We work with the local football teams on a number of initiatives and this partnership is vital in helping raise awareness around this sensitive area.
“Suicide devastates lives across Scotland every day of every week. It is vital that if people are feeling suicidal or down that they know help is available. We need to let people know it helps to talk if you are feeling worried or concerned.
“By working together we can have a greater impact in preventing suicide.”
Lynne MacDonald, Senior Social Work Officer with North Lanarkshire Council added: “This partnership means we can use football as a means to reach out to more people to reduce suicide.
“We want to make people aware that there is help available if they are concerned about suicide or are worried about friends or family members. By raising awareness of how to recognise the signs sometimes associated with suicide, people will be in a better position to offer support and perhaps save lives.”
Alan Burrows, chief executive at Motherwell FC said: “Suicide has sadly impacted our club and our community on many different levels.
“Former players, staff and their families and, most recently, friends and supporters have been affected in someway over the years.We’ve always tried to raise awareness. We need to – and will – double our efforts going forward.”
Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC added: “It is important to us as a club, and a central part of this community, to continue our support for this initiative.
“Suicide affects so many families in this area, and has had a direct impact on young supporters’ families in recent months. We want everyone to know that support is out there, and the first step towards it is to talk to someone.”
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