Shaping North Ayrshire process
to be honest there is little that you can do, when someone is in the frame of mind that they have nowhere to turn to or no one to talk through their problems with, what i have found in my experience is that people are let down by a system that is broken, the wait time alone to see a counsellor is usually 12-20 weeks , i think there should be some sort of walk in clinic for help with debt, depression groups in every community centre which makes the transition very casual and not fearful or judgemental for the individual, starting in schools might be a way of tackling the issue so that it becomes more acceptable to talk to someone if you have a problem.
We'd really appreciate hearing a bit more about what you think might work - for young people and adults. We're looking at how we can create safe spaces for young people in communities and we're looking for partners to help us achieve that too.
There's something everyone can do to contribute to this. Its an area where a little kindness goes such a long way and taking a few minutes of your day so make someone else feel better has a cumulative effect. That might be asking after someone's elderly parent, taking time to listen while someone on the bus shares their woes or popping an extra tin or two in the foodbank trolley.
There are so many things we can all do locally. Small things like being kind and compassionate to others, to bigger gestures like volunteering. A positive attitude is a great starting point.