Council back prevention campaign

ANGUS Council learned about a new suicide prevention campaign which is to be aimed at men aged 30 to 50 at their social work and health committee meeting on Thursday.

The Choose Life campaign will be operating in Angus as latest figures show there were 14 deaths by suicide in the county with 10 being male and four female.

Choose Life launched a 10 year strategy and action plan in 2002 to prevent suicide in Scotland, aiming to reduce suicide by 20 per cent by 2013.

The joint Angus and Dundee Choose Life Steering Group (JADCLSG) was set up to develop a local suicide prevention strategy.

Convener of social work and health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “Every death by suicide is a tragedy, and a loss for the families and friends of the person who has taken their own life.

“Men aged 30 to 50 are recognised as our at risk group in Angus and JADCLSG will use a number of strategies to raise awareness of this problem, including using social media. For example, a mobile phone app will be launched before Christmas, accessed free by anyone feeling suicidal.”

The committee noted the report.