A new Choose Life Coordinator has taken up post following the retirement of Neil Murray who held the role for the past 4 years. Neil’s successor, Iain Murray started his job in May and has been busy getting to grips with his new challenge. Iain knows the northeast very well having been a Police Officer for many years before working in the oil & gas industry, which he left this year. Iain understands the issues facing communities and the importance of ensuring people know where to turn to when they need support. The Choose Life programme pulls together a number of organisations like the Samaritans who help people when they need it.
I was delighted that Iain took time to visit me in Turriff and explain what his new role entailed and how community pharmacists can support suicidal patients.
Iain aims to encourage the use of the recently launched northeast suicide prevention app, which not only gives the user access to a huge range of helpful organisations but allows them to write their own safety plan which can help them through difficult periods when they are at heightened risk of suicide.
In response to taking up the post, Iain said, “I’m delighted that I’ve been appointed to take up this important role and continue the excellent work that Neil and partner organisations across all sectors have achieved. It is vital that we speak openly about suicidal thoughts and I will strongly promote this throughout my work and in training inputs such as safeTALK.”
The safeTALK suicide alertness training programme is open to everyone and can be delivered to groups of up to 15 people over the course of 3-4 hours. If you wish to enquiry further about safeTALK training or any other aspect of suicide prevention, Iain can be contacted on 07772 565385 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prevent Suicide – Northeast Scotland app is available to download on Apple, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire devices and is supported by the website www.preventsuicideapp.com
If you feel low or just need to talk call Samaritans on 116 123 (24 hrs -free call) or by email to email@example.com . Alternatively you can speak with Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 (Mon-Thur 6pm-2am, 24 hrs at weekends.