Motherwell Football Club are backing efforts to tackle suicide and the dreadful consequences it can have for families and communities.
In season 2018/19, we will continue to display the the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire logo on the back of our first team jerseys. Our reserve team will also follow suit.
In partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, the club will also be displaying prominent suicide prevention messages and helpline information around Fir Park during matches.
Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire. As a club, we pledge to support Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire to help raise awareness that help is available for those who need it.
“We work with Motherwell FC on a number of local initiatives and this partnership is vital in helping raise awareness around this sensitive area,” council deputy leader Paul Kelly said.
“Suicide devastates lives across Scotland every day of every week. It is vital that if people are feeling suicidal or down that they know help is available. We need to let people know it helps to talk if you are feeling worried or concerned.
“By working together we can have a greater impact in preventing suicide.”
Lynne MacDonald, senior social work officer with North Lanarkshire Council, added: “This partnership with Motherwell FC means we can use football as a means to reach out to more people to reduce suicide.
“We want to make people aware that there is lots of help available if they are concerned about suicide or are worried about friends or family members.
“By raising awareness of how to recognise the signs sometimes associated with suicide, people will be in a better position to offer support and perhaps save lives.”
Alan Burrows, chief executive at Motherwell FC said: “Suicide has sadly impacted our club and our community on many different levels.
“Former players, staff and their families and, most recently, friends and supporters have been affected in someway over the years.
“We’ve always tried to raise awareness. We need to – and will – double our efforts going forward.”
Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC added: “It is important to us as a club, and a central part of this community, to continue our support for this initiative.
“Suicide affects so many families in this area, and has had a direct impact on young supporters’ families in recent months. We want everyone to know that support is out there, and the first step towards it is to talk to someone.”
For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer or call 0800 073 0918.
If you’re feeling low, please pick up the phone. You will not be judged. People can help you see there is another option. Call the Samaritans on 116123, Breathing Space on 0800 838587 or Childline on 0800 1111.