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MYH Press Release Novemeber 2009

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) has relaunched 'After a Suicide', an information resource for people bereaved by suicide, in Glasgow on Tuesday 10 November.

The booklet was written by SAMH and funded by Choose Life, Scotland's national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide.

SAMH first produced 'After a Suicide' in 2004 and it has helped many people since then. The new edition has been fully revised and updated. It provides help with practical issues that need to be faced after a suicide, talks about the grieving process and suggests places to get help.

Billy Watson, SAMH Chief Executive, said "Every day around two people in Scotland take their own lives. For every one of those tragic deaths there are people left behind, family, friends and colleagues, who may struggle to come to terms with the death of their loved one. In this situation it can be difficult to know where to turn for the help and support that is needed."

"After a Suicide contains information to help people bereaved by suicide, and provides contact details for specialist agencies and resources."

"I am pleased to re-launch this important publication and welcome the continued funding support from Choose Life."

Dougie Paterson, Choose Life Programme Manager, said "Providing effective support to those who are affected by a suicide is a main objective of Choose Life. The shock of a sudden death might prevent a person from seeking the emotional and practical support they need. That's why 'After a Suicide' is a necessary resource."

"While suicide can be prevented, there are some people who will take their own lives no matter what. The aim of this booklet is to support those left behind, and help them feel less alone."

 

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