Rothesay service to mark Suicide Awareness Week

A service of remembrance will be held in St Paul's Episcopal Church in Rothesay on Wednesday, September 14, at 6pm.
A service of remembrance will be held in St Paul's Episcopal Church in Rothesay on Wednesday, September 14, at 6pm.

A special service of remembrance will be held in Rothesay next week to mark Suicide Awareness Week.

In the latest figures published-for 2015, there have been 672 deaths by suicide in Scotland, and nine in Argyll and Bute.

The ripple effect means that the impact of these tragic deaths extends far beyond the immediate families. Losing someone to suicide brings some unique and distressing circumstances and emotions in the aftermath. We question ourselves and all those who were close to the person, we experience anger as well as grief and a heart-wrenching loss.

It is important to highlight the issue of suicide in our communities. There is still real stigma which can make such a bereavement even harder.

Choose Life has worked all over Scotland to highlight the risk of suicide, shatter the myths, and educate people in ways that they could help if someone they know speaks to them about suicide-and helps them to be the ones who can ask helpful questions.

ACUMEN, with local clergy, is hosting a Service of Remembrance in St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rothesay on Wednesday, September 14, at 6pm.

A service in Dunoon last year brought a good response with many saying they were helped by having a quiet place of reflection. There will be poetry, music and candles in a relaxed atmosphere.

Please feel welcome to come along.