Image: THE 3 DADS WALKING joined by PAPYRUS staff in Stirling at the start of their 500-mile walk.

More than five hundred members of the community are to receive suicide prevention training as part of a strategy to reduce the number of people who take their own lives in Stirling.

The national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide will deliver free training across four local communities in Cowie, Fallin, Plean and Raploch.

Suicide is linked to deprivation and Raploch is in the top five per cent most deprived areas of the county.

The National Lottery has awarded funding to PAPYRUS to provide suicide prevention knowledge and skills to members of the public, equipping them to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

The training will take place over the next two years as part of the National Lottery Community Fund Project, money which will help to develop better ways of preventing the loss of life to suicide.

Graeme Young, PAPYRUS’ Area Manager for Scotland, said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK and we believe many suicides can be prevented.

“By offering training to a variety of individuals in the four local areas, we will be activating those communities, spreading greater awareness, investing in lifesaving skills and ultimately helping to save lives.

“Prevention is everybody’s business. We need to break down the stigma around suicide and equip people and communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.”

The training will range from a 90-minute tutorial to a half day course. The SPOT and SPEAK sessions will concentrate on improving knowledge and skills to understand suicide and suicide prevention better.

The training will be free to attend for those living and working in the four targeted areas.

On 17 April the 3 Dads Walking, who each lost a daughter to suicide, began their third national walk from Stirling. So far the dads have raised more than a million pounds for PAPYRUS.

The charity has been delivering high-quality training since 2005 and has equipped tens of thousands of people across the UK to help create suicide-safer communities.

Whilst PAPYRUS focuses on working with people under the age of 35, the suicide prevention training it offers is beneficial to all ages.

If you would like to be booked onto a funded suicide prevention training course, or you would like more information about the sessions, you can email: scotland@papyrus-uk.org.

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice, please contact PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141, text 88247 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.

PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

HOPELINE247 is the charity’s confidential helpline service providing practical advice and support to young people with thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide.

HOPELINE247 is staffed by trained professionals, offering a telephone, text and email service.

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice please contact PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141, text 88247 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

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