TV stars back North Lanarkshire suicide prevention campaign

Steve Coogan has thrown his weight behind Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire's video.

Steve Coogan is among the big names to take part in the video.
Steve Coogan is among the big names to take part in the video.

Steve Coogan and a host of famous faces from popular Scottish TV programmes are backing a suicide prevention campaign in North Lanarkshire.

A dozen celebrity voices – including Gary Tank Commander’s Greg McHugh and Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli – have offered useful tips to keep positive and get support as part of Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire’s ‘You Matter’ campaign video.

The video is being launched ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 18-24, and will highlight the range of support available to people.

Kohli said: “This is a hugely important message for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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“It’s difficult to ask for help but support is there at the end of a phone. So talk to someone; you’ll be surprised how people respond. People do care.”

If you are feeling suicidal, you can phone the Samaritans on 116123 (free 24-hour service or visit www.samaritans.org) or Breathing Space on 0800 838597 (free to call between 6pm and 2am or visit www.breathingspace.scot) for self-help and management.

If you are a young person, contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.

If you are a worried parent or carer contact your GP or contact SAMH’s Well-Informed service on 0800 073 0918 or visit www.samh.org.uk.
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