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Premier event for Suicide Memorial film.

A special movie premier event is to be held in Paisley next week as part of Suicide Prevention Week 2014.

The documentary film, which was made around the ‘No Substitute For Life’ football tournament in June, will be shown at 7pm on Monday 8 September in the Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie.


The annual memorial football tournament was held on 29 June in order to raise awareness of suicide within the community. As well as the seven-a-side tournament the event was a community day which included entertainment and activities for children and adults and an opportunity for bereaved families and friends to leave a message to those they had lost on the Ferguslie Memorial Tree.

‘No Substitute for Life’ is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

This year the event was filmed along with interviews of organisers and members of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group talking about the issue of suicide and its impact on individuals and communities.

The film launch aims to showcase and celebrate the efforts of the local community who have worked together to create a suicide safer community.

Kate Sharkey, from Johnstone, who is a members of SOBS said: “People need to know where to go when in crisis, this event lets the community connect with some of the services in the area which should hopefully encourage people to seek help when in crisis.”

Paul Cardona, from Ferguslie Park, said: “It’s important for the community to get together and remember those they have lost suicide.”

As well as showing the film, the event also provides an opportunity for members of the public to find out about local and national services which can provide support in times of distress.

Both RAMH First Crisis and Breathing Space will present information on how best to use each service. The Samaritan’s and SOBS will also have information stands and will be available to chat and answer any questions. The event will be informal with tea, coffee and biscuits.

There will be a crèche available on the night, to book a space in the crèche please contact the Choose Life team on 0141 849 2200, or email

Suicide Prevention Week runs from 8-12 September 2014.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email

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suicide memorial tree, purple hearts

Bereaved relatives gather for suicide memorial

Renfrewshire residents who have lost loved ones to suicide gathered in Paisley for a special service.

The event was organised by the local support group of Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide (SOBS), and was attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

Those attending the annual event met at council HQ in Cotton Street for a short service led by Reverend Alan Birss and Father Stephen Baillie

They then proceeded outside the building, to a special tree which was planted four years ago as a memorial for suicide victims.

The Provost laid a wreath and lit the tree, after which visitors had the chance to place purple hearts with messages written on them on its branches in memory of their loved ones.

Provost Hall – who welcomed guests to a reception in Paisley Abbey after the event – said: “Hearing the stories of people who have been affected by suicide really brings home the extent to which it affects the lives of those who are left behind.

“Events like this help raise awareness of the issue, and make sure anybody struggling to cope is aware they aren’t alone and help is out there.”

Moira Buchanan, 39, began attending SOBS meetings after her sister Mary took her life two years ago.

She said: “When it happens, you go through so many different feelings all at once. As individuals we have different experiences.

“When I first went along to the SOBS meetings, I found it quite incredible. You can talk in privacy and share your stories.”

The event was supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Local Choose Life co-ordinator Rosemary Mullan added: “Every day, two people in Scotland die from suicide, but talking about it can save lives.

“If you are worried someone is suicidal, ask them – it could make the difference. And if you feel suicidal, talk to someone you trust or call a helpline.”

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

For more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, call 0141 849 2200, or email