Renfrewshire Council

No Sub for Life 2017

Raising suicide awareness in the community

One of the most important community-led events in Renfrewshire is the No Substitute for Life football tournament.

This year of the tournament is the seventh and the event comes with a change of venue for 2019 - with hundreds of local people expected to gather at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren, to take part.

The tournament is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and the St Mirren Community Trust, and aims to raise awareness of suicide, especially among young men and women.

It provides an opportunity for the community to come together through sport to discuss what is still a difficult subject and raises awareness of services offered by organisations like RAMH - hopefully reducing the barriers to people seeking help from them and other similar charities in the future.

Last year, 13 people in Renfrewshire took their own lives and we all should have a greater awareness of the support that is available so we can help those that we see struggling.

You don't need to have a solution to their problems, but in taking time to show that you care and that you are there to listen to them you could just change their life.

This year, the tournament takes place on Sunday 13 October at 11am and is free to attend.

I'd encourage everyone to go along to support the event and the local community who work so hard to raise awareness of this important issue.

 

Lorraine

 

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan's 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200, email, Choose Life Renfrewshire or visit SOBS Renfrewshire.

 

Published 26 October 2019