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More than 30 individuals joined Argyll Wellbeing Hub for a ‘walk and talk’ event on Friday for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021.
This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope through Action’ and the local group wanted to do something to raise awareness and get people talking.
Service coordinator Des MacMillan told us: ‘In 2020 805 people in Scotland lost their lives to suicide, that’s two people every day, with 805 families and many, many more people left devastated at the loss of their loved one.
‘We believe that suicide is preventable and that by talking about it and encouraging people to seek support from their families, friends, GP, support service, helplines or us, can save their life.’
Friends from The Happy Wee Health Club, Lorn and Oban Healthy Options and Oban Pride also joined the walk.
‘All of these organisations help people locally who are struggling,’ added Des.
‘They listen, they make connections with people and they encourage people to seek help and support no matter how big or how difficult their issues may be. We are great believers in ‘a problem shared is a problem halved.
‘Please take a minute to think about how suicide has touched our wee town. Please join us in talking about this often taboo subject so that no one in our community ever again thinks it’s an answer to the pain they’re going through.
‘Suicide is tragically a permanent solution to temporary problems. Here at Argyll Wellbeing Hub we see every day how talking and reaching out and sharing their worries can help people start to find help and want to stay alive.
‘Every life is precious and every one is valued equally at Argyll Wellbeing Hub and we try to convey that at all our support groups and activities.’
Argyll Wellbeing Hub also thanked their friends at Dunollie Castle for opening up the Kettle Cafe area so walkers could stop and talk at the half way point. Thanks also went to Suzie from You Matter Always for the beautiful bags of hope given to everyone taking part.
Lavender hearts were sent by Judy in Glasgow to show everyone people care and they are valued while thanks also went to Maggie for the wonderful tablet. #itsgoodtotlk #togetherwecandothis
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