Working together on mental health

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Many people suffer from mental health, some of whom have suicidal thoughts.

There has been an increase in calls in the Falkirk area from relatives, professional and support agencies for people they are concerned about.

Our officers and mental health professionals at Forth Valley Royal Hospital are dealing daily with these issues.

Working closely with NHS Choose Life co-ordinators and other support agencies, last week we worked in tandem with a national campaign of suicide awareness and prevention.

Officers visited sports centres, local community centres and licensed premises to distribute leaflets, posters and literature. They also spoke with staff and got a very positive response.

Working with professionals, families, friends, work colleagues and the individuals themselves, it is important we offer guidance, support and often just a friendly ear.

All officers have received mental health training and are linked closely with NHS colleagues who can offer professional advice to ensure the most appropriate outcomes possible.