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With suicide rates rising across the country, what more can we all do locally to improve people’s mental health and well-being?

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  • mammet
    mammet  • 2019-05-14 00:49:28

    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.

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      • Audrey Sutton
        Audrey Sutton  • 2019-05-15 10:34:06

        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.

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  • George Barr
    George Barr  • 2019-09-04 18:54:04

    support the LGBT Health & Well Being Group to ensure Trans people are covered by the Mental Health Act and are given support in the process of coming out from Male to Female Transition and ensure they have support within the Community during this period and get Ayrshire & Arran Health Board to provide Hub stations to ensure that Transpeople are cared for during the transition period . This is vital as there is only one Health Gender Clinic in Central Scotland in Glasgow Area which has 14 sub stations under the Sandyford Gender Clinic Service . At present M2F Male to Female Patients have to wait up to 18 months before they can start the transition on hormones . And have to live in the gender for 2 years before a operation is considered taking 5 years in total . At this stage the patient is in need of community backup support and help . for Transgender People not available in Ayrshire & Arran or North Ayrshire Council Area .

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  • Rhona Arthur
    Rhona Arthur  • 2019-05-09 15:24:56

    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.

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  • moirus0826
    moirus0826  • 2019-09-19 16:17:13

    sometimes I wonder what kind of society we have created when young people think of suicide how will they cope with adulthood

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  • John H
    John H  • 2019-09-10 01:37:52

    More focus of resources on prevention rather than treatment. Reduce social isolation through activity accessible by all from their early years. Promote social skills in the young. This would improve mental health and wellbeing throughout their lives.

    Closing community facilities purely because they don't make money can be short sighted. What are the social benefits, and how much will it impact on other areas e.g. health, if they are closed?

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  •  R F - Irvine
    R F - Irvine  • 2019-07-22 17:31:15

    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.

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