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Prepare stations close to Clydebank have been recognized as “areas of concern” by a council group established to assist native residents scuffling with their psychological well being.
Yoker and Renfrew Bridge, each located between Glasgow and Clydebank, are flagged as a priority in a brand new report being introduced to full council subsequent week.
It comes as West Dunbartonshire councillors have a look at measures to decrease suicide charges within the wake of Covid-19 and because the nation faces a price of residing disaster.
Current figures from the Nationwide Information of Scotland confirmed that there have been 18 possible suicides recorded throughout the area final yr, an increase of 1 from 2020.
Throughout the current full council assembly, a movement was introduced earlier than members by chief of the opposition councillor Karen Conaghan which highlighted that social deprivation, Covid-19 and now the price of residing disaster add to the degrees of melancholy and nervousness inside native communities.
She requested council officers to carry a report earlier than members highlighting the work already achieved by the native authority and what extra will be achieved to ensure these in want get the assistance they should forestall suicide.
Councillor Conaghan mentioned: “That is one thing that could be very urgent and alarming and I believe that we now have made an ideal funding in our workers to create consciousness and publicise what providers can be found to them with psychological well being.
“As such a big employer, that’s implausible and it reaches lots of people regionally. You hope these conversations have a ripple impact and assist others inside our neighborhood.
“I believe the query is, how can we get this message out to the bigger communities right here in West Dunbartonshire and what can we do to assist folks. There’s a nice want for training and assist for folks or for them to know the place they will entry assist in a disaster.”
A doc, which might be introduced to members subsequent Wednesday exhibits that in 2021, 13 males and 5 ladies took their very own life.
West Dunbartonshire remains to be selling its suicide prevention programme. This yr, the native authority has established a number of “subgroups” which give attention to self-harm, suicide dates and places of concern which embody Yoker, Renfrew Bridge and Community Rail practice stations.
Extra just lately West Dunbartonshire Council labored with Samaritans who introduced their nationwide suicide prevention roadshow to Clydebank on October 10. The council has now organised a suicide prevention group session which can replicate on native points and determine what additional assist communities want.
An replace might be introduced to members at their full council assembly subsequent week.