On Saturday 4th of September, Samaritans ran their Rail Suicide Prevention event ‘Real People Real Stories’ outside the Thistles Centre, in collaboration with Network Rail to highlight mental health and suicide awareness.
Alongside Street Pastors, Forth Valley Recovery and Change, Grow Live, with support from Police Scotland, Network Rail and British Transport Police, we had the opportunity to be involved in the event. We facilitated some creative activity in collaboration with The Cube Project: an accessible platform which promotes conversation between participants through creative practise. Our participation in the event focused on improving mental health and wellbeing by connecting with one another through the arts.
Following the theme of Hope & Action, Sam spoke to participants about what we do to make ourselves feel better, what our skills are and what we can do as community members to help others. Sam said:
“The event has come at such a critical time for our community. It is vital that we highlight the issues of mental health and suicide awareness, encourage those in need to reach out and be able to direct them to the correct places for support.”
“On Saturday, The Cube acted as a platform to encourage people to talk, and for us to listen. Being creative while opening up took away any feeling of awkwardness or feeling of eye contact with someone watching as you talk to them. It allowed kids to create while the parents/guardians sought advice or brought forward feelings that people were unable to say out loud, but instead wrote down or represented visually.”
This Friday on September 10th will mark World Suicide Prevention Day and with the long-term effects of the pandemic likely to last for several years; wellbeing events like this “show that there are ways of remaining hopeful”, Haydn Pasi, the Regional Development Lead for Network Rail quoted. This event shed light on the importance of community involvement and highlighted the issues of mental health and suicide awareness.
Throughout World Suicide Prevention Day, Samaritans will be sharing useful content on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages, asking people what they do when they’re not feeling hopeful, providing tips for creating hope and sharing case studies exploring the meaning of hope.
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