We Are The Change as an organisation was set up by a group of friends after two of their close friends tragically took their own life just six weeks apart from each other. After researching the alarming statistics we felt we had to act to try to create awareness across Scotland for an illness that can affect people across all age groups. We are a self funded organisation who now rely purely upon donations and money raised at fundraising events such as our recent race night at the Elizabethan pub on Halbeath Road, with our aim to hold awareness days and marketing campaigns across Scotland such as the ones we are holding at Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee United and Hamilton over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September.
September is officially suicide prevention awareness month with the 10th September being world suicide awareness day. According to the last recorded statistics by the Samaritans Scotland has a higher than average suicide rate compared to the rest of the UK with 6,581 recorded suicides across the UK and Rep of Ireland in 2014. We have also seen over the past few years tragedies in the media and sporting world with the famous comedian and film star Robin Williams, Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke, and former Wales manager Gary Speed all tragically taking their own life. We believe suicide is not inevitable, it is preventable and what our aim is with our suicide prevention awareness campaign is to encourage people that if they are feeling down and low, or maybe just not quite feeling themselves to talk to someone. Talk to a family member, talk to a friend, talk to the Samaritans, even talk to a stranger but talk to someone. Don’t fight it alone, and don’t suffer in silence. Let’s address the problem early before it becomes a crisis, and stick together as a community and look out for one another.
Samaritans suicide statistics report 2016: