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One Man Walking - A Million Talking. Join John Gibson!

One Man Walking, A Million Talking – John Gibson's walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention
John Gibson walk - Jedburgh event
On Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August 2022 John Gibson will be walking through the Scottish Borders as part of his journey from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise awareness about suicide. In 2019 John's son Cameron, a graduate farm vet, died by suicide. This was a life changing event for John and his family and John found himself struggling to cope, at one point making an attempt on his own life. John has found strength in walking, and has set up The Canmore Trust which is raising funds to support suicide prevention work across Scotland, and in particular support for people bereaved by suicide.
There is an opportunity to join John on his journey and to welcome him to Scotland. Working in partnership locally to support John's journey and raise awareness is a chance to change the public and media narrative around suicide and share a powerful story marked by hope and recovery.

Key activities

Welcome John to Jedburgh on Monday 1st August (around 5pm at Murray's Green Bandstand)

6.30pm – 8.00pm
Evening Event in Jedburgh Town Hall where John will share his story

John will be joined by Netta Meadows (Chief Exec SBC) and
Cllr Scott Hamilton among others who will also be speaking at the event.
Event / information stands at Jedburgh Town Hall
• Health in Mind
• Breathing Space
• SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
• Andy's man club and also After a suicide group
• Samaritans
• Cheviot Youth
• SBC LAC Team
• Quarriers
• NHS Borders Joint Health Improvement Team and Wellbeing Service

Meet with John and walk from Jedburgh on Tues 2nd August Contact Denise Carmichael for details:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Filming at the Breathing Space bench, Space to Grow, Huntlyburn (BGH, Melrose) on Tuesday 2nd August John will be filmed in conversation with Tony McLaren (NHS24 National Co-ordinator for Breathing Space and Living Life) and Philip Grieve (NHS Borders Mental Health Service Manager)

Meet with John and walk from Melrose Rugby Club on Wednesday 3rd August Contact Denise Carmichael for details:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Communications links
• Eventbrite booking page for John's welcome event at Jedburgh Town Hall, 6.30pm on Monday 1st August 2022:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-man-walking-one-million-talking-welcome-john-gibson-to-jedburgh-tickets-366656317917?fbclid=IwAR1LxkZL5861NH0tRigh2ZB7OFijFDytqPJ4KYTeU72VgtLE-0Dzr_DQF0M

• The Canmore Trust – find out more about John's 1200 mile walk from Land's End to John O'Groats
https://www.thecanmoretrust.co.uk/one-man-walking?fbclid=IwAR2IS4AKlnsHnLSEIgWU-upFqEP2dBmCc6CfW98Gdyr9NHgnaxOiPGyEBww

• Scottish Borders 'Walk It' Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Walk-It-1018931611476458/
• NHS Borders Small Changes Big Difference
https://www.facebook.com/SmallChangesNow

LINK TO EVENTBRITE

Video clip
https://www.facebook.com/TalkToSaveLives/videos/712690886662197/

As John Gibson continues his walk through the Borders to raise awareness of suicide prevention, we are sharing a new resource on the NHS Inform website to support people who are living with suicidal thoughts, their families, friends and communities. The video stories are from people who have experienced suicidal thoughts and gone on to find ways of coping and living better.
https://www.nhsinform.scot/surviving-suicidal-thoughts
#UnitedToPreventSuicide
#onemanwalkingamilliontalking

Resources
What it means for members of the public – we want them to know that there are resources and support available for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have been bereaved by suicide.

NHS Borders Suicide Prevention Hub
Information about local suicide prevention work including resources to download is available at www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/suicideprevention

The following is a selection of some of the resources available. You can order printed copies by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Be Suicide ALERT leaflet: Summarises the signs that someone might be thinking about suicide, steps to take in having a conversation about suicide and local sources of support: http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/media/725373/be-suicide-alert.pdf

Lifelines card: Wallet-sized card summarising the signs that someone might be thinking about suicide, the ALERT model and sources of support: http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/media/794171/Lifelines-cards.pdf

Support for people bereaved by suicide
You can find out more about the help and support available to you and tips for if you're supporting someone bereaved by suicide in this leaflet:
http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/media/801614/Support-for-people-bereaved-by-suicide.pdf

Walks in the Scottish Borders
Find out more about the Walk It project, find your local walks and how to get involved.
https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/directory/28/walks_and_trails/category/694

Signposting to further support
GP support
GPs can support their patients and discuss whether medication or referral to other more specialist support services might be helpful. You might be referred to support by NHS Borders Wellbeing Service, 'Renew' the Primary Care Mental Health Service, the Community Mental Health Team, the Distress Brief Intervention service (DBI) or another service depending on your needs. http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/local-services-directory/

NHS24 Mental Health Hub – 111 and select mental health option [24/7]

You can call NHS24 Mental Health Hub if you or someone you are supporting is in mental health distress. You can also call them when your GP practice is closed. You will speak to a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner or other mental health specialist who will support your call to a safe outcome. This might be supporting you to safe self-care or offering support from other services such as the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI). Common reasons people call include if they are thinking about suicide, anxieties, low mood, psychosis or self-harm. https://www.nhs24.scot/our-services/111/when-to-phone-111/

Breathing Space
0800 83 85 87
[Weekdays: Monday-Thursday, 6pm-2am; Weekends: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am]
A free and confidential helpline for anyone experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression or who is unusually worried and needs someone to talk to.
https://breathingspace.scot/

Samaritans
116 123
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
[24/7]
Provides free confidential emotional support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
https://www.samaritans.org/

SHOUT text service
Text SHOUT to 85258
[24/7]
Free, confidential, anonymous text support service for if you're struggling to cope. Text messages are free. https://giveusashout.org/

Stay Alive App - Search for the Stay Alive App on Apple or Android
Information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis or support someone in crisis. Free to download.
NHS Inform
Surviving Suicidal Thoughts website

https://www.nhsinform.scot/surviving-suicidal-thoughts

New resource on the NHS Inform website to support people who are living with suicidal thoughts, their families, friends and communities. The video stories are from people who have experienced suicidal thoughts and gone on to find ways of coping and living better.

NHS Borders Wellbeing Service
01896 824502
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Deliver emotional wellbeing support for individuals, aged 18 and over, covering guided self help for anxiety and low mood, generic support for improving emotional wellbeing and psychological first aid. People can self refer or be referred by their GP/other health professionals.
www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/wellbeing

Childline
0800 1111
[Mon-Fri 7.30am-3.30am; Sat & Sun 9am-3.30am]
Can listen or support children and young people up to age 19 with anything you'd like to talk about
https://www.childline.org.uk/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)
0300 111 5065
[9am-9pm everyday]
National helpline that provies support to people aged over 18 bereaved by suicide. Contact the local coordinator on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more about local group support.
NHS Borders Wellbeing Point www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/wellbeingpoint
You can also visit NHS Borders Wellbeing Point for links to self-help resources and information to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing
#BordersWellbeing resources for young people • Young People's Guide for Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Young Scot's website www.young.scot/borderswellbeing

This briefing was produced by the Joint Health Improvement Team. For further information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it