'Steelmen' back suicide awareness campaign

North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention logo to feature on first team shirts

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Motherwell Football Club, in partnership with the council, will also display suicide awareness messages and helpline information around Fir Park stadium throughout the season.

Almost one person a week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire and Motherwell FC has pledged its support to the suicide prevention campaign to help raise awareness of this issue.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: "We work with Motherwell FC on a number of local initiatives and this partnership is vital in helping raise awareness around this sensitive area.

"We want to engage with our local community so people are comfortable and confident in talking about what can be a difficult subject to discuss. By working together we can have a greater impact in preventing suicide."

This is the second year in a row the local authority has worked with the football club on this issue.

Bobby Miller Head of Adult Social Works Services added: "Football gives the ideal platform to reach out to people about suicide prevention. By raising awareness of the signs that someone may be considering suicide, any of us might be able to offer support and help save lives."

Suzanne Reid, Head of Commercial and Marketing with Motherwell FC, added: "We are delighted to extend the partnership with Suicide Prevention and have their logo displayed on the back of the team shirts.  It will be seen by not just Motherwell fans but supporters across the country.  The partnership will raise awareness and is a positive step towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland."

For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer or call Well-informed on 0800 073 0918.

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