Lifesaving message couldn't be clearer -let's talk

“Let’s talk” – these are the words that could save a life, in an initiative that’s been spearheaded by North Lanarkshire Council and Motherwell Football Club.

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And the common cause these two very different organisations have found will continue to act as a driving force to get help for vulnerable people to talk more openly about the negative feelings that are dangerously building up inside their heads.

North Lanarkshire Council’s deputy leader Paul Kelly has already praised the way that Motherwell Football Club has embraced the scheme.

And he believes that this difficult subject can be drawn that bit more into the open when something as accessible as sport gets involved.

The Labour man said: “‘Let’s Talk’ is the message we want to get across as we try to encourage people to talk more openly about suicide so we can all work together to help prevent it.

"The emotional impact on families, friends and communities bereaved by suicide is devastating and can have an awful, long-lasting effect on those left behind.

“Starting the conversation is so important and can make such a difference.

"As a council, we are grateful to everyone associated with Motherwell FC for supporting this campaign.

"This partnership through football will have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing in our communities.”

Councillor Kelly was joined at the announcement by Darragh O’Connor and like the club is very supportive of the campaign and partnership.

Darragh said: “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it is absolutely OK to ask for help”.

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 more than ever.

“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.”

This is available to access now either online or by the telephone.

For more information go to northlanarkshire.gov.uk/talk or call 0800 073 0918.