Action to help those at risk

MIDDLE-aged men and women living in Angus will be the focus of funding for ‘Choose Life’, the Angus and Dundee initiative to help those at risk of suicide, rather than young people.

Angus Council social work and health committee heard on Thursday that resources would go to this age group which has been identified as having the highest rate of suicide in 2008 and 2009.

Committee convener, Councillor Alison Andrews, explained: “Although the numbers are relatively small, each death represents a tragedy for the families and friends of those who die.

“It appears that, although previously in Scotland young people were most at risk, an older age group is now more vulnerable. In Angus, there are geographical variations with a number of factors involved.

“In light of the changing profile and the increased risk to an older age group, funding will be diverted from the Barnardo’s self-harm initiative for young people, towards this older age group. Barnardo’s are aware of the funding situation and are looking for alternative funding.”

The committee also approved stopping funding to Barnardo’s ‘Self Harm’ initiative.