Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC will team up with We Are The Change to raise awareness of suicide prevention at Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership with Partick Thistle.
The last recorded statistics by the Samaritans showed that Scotland has a higher than average suicide rate compared to the rest of the UK with 6,581 recorded suicides across the UK and Rep of Ireland in total.
In the past few years there have been tragedies in the media and sporting world with the famous comedian and film star Robin Williams, Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke, and former Wales manager Gary Speed all tragically taking their own lives. Also, former footballers such as Clarke Carlisle, Lee Hendrie and Leon McKenzie have openly spoken about their battle with depression and failed suicide attempts in the the past. Suicide is not inevitable, it is preventable and what We Are The Change is are helping to raise as much awareness as possible about suicide prevention.
They want to encourage people that are feeling down and low, or maybe not quite feeling themselves, to talk to someone. Talk to a family member, talk to a friend, talk to the Samaritans, even talk to a stranger but make sure to talk to someone. Don't fight it alone, and don't suffer in silence. Feeling down and low can happen to anyone, so don't feel too ashamed to reach out and ask for help when it is needed. Things can and will get better.
The Caley Thistle 1st team squad will wear t-shirts during the warm up to raise awareness of the charity on Saturday.
We Are The Change as an organisation was set up after two friends tragically took their own life just six weeks apart from each other, both leaving behind young families. After researching the alarming statistics we felt we had to act and try to create awareness across Scotland for an illness that can affect anyone across all age groups. We have been holding awareness days at clubs across the country, and this week Inverness Caley Thistle have been kind enough to host the awareness day for the match against Partick Thistle. Thank you for your support and for having the bravery to let us talk about something which can sometimes be a taboo topic in society. We hope everyone today enjoys the game.
If you are not quite feeling emotionally and mentally ok, and feel you need to talk to someone, you can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 116 123. Or you can visit www.samaritans.org for further information.
WE ARE THE CHANGE - www.wearethechange.help