Airdrieonians backing Suicide Prevention

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Airdrieonians FC are leading the way in Lanarkshire in efforts to help prevent suicides.

The Scottish League One side will be the only professional team to carry Suicide Prevention NL branding on the back of all their first team strips this season.

The Diamonds are working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council to help tackle suicide in local communities and will also be displaying messages and helpline information on the club website and around the Airdrie Penny Cars stadium during matches.

Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire and Airdrieonians FC has pledged its support to the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire campaign to help raise awareness of this issue.

Lynne MacDonald, Suicide Prevention Lead Officer said: "Airdrieonians have been a real standout in supporting our campaign here in North Lanarkshire. They already support a number of community based initiatives and this partnership is vital in helping raise awareness around this sensitive area.

"Football provides a great mechanism for reaching out to people about suicide prevention and the role we can all play in preventing tragedy. Every life matters and by raising awareness of how to recognise the signs that someone may be considering suicide, any of us might be able to offer support and help save lives."

David McArthur, Airdrieonians Director added: "We are proud to have the opportunity to help in any way we can to raise awareness of this campaign. Using our platform as a football club, we hope we can extend the message on how and where to seek help, if needed. Throughout the season the Community Trust will work closely with Suicide Prevention to help keep the message at the forefront of the conversation and to try and reach as many people as possible."

Local community clubs including Calderbraes FC, Coltness HS, Airdrie Academy, Shotts YMCA and Motherwell Community Trust also carry Suicide Prevention NL messages on their strips.

For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer

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