November 4, 2018
Taxi drivers at a local Scottish taxi firm company, Penny Cars, are the driving force behind a new campaign aimed at suicide prevention.
Owner, Steven Malcolm, the driving force behind the campaign, sought help from his drivers following a report on an alarmingly high number of suicides in North Lanarkshire, especially in young males.
Drivers Attend Classes to Boost Campaign
The taxi drivers from Chapelhall-based Company, have been attending classes to help spot any suicidal tendencies in their customers and help reduce the number of people in Lanarkshire taking their own lives.
The company has seen 20 of their drivers take part in stage one of the Suicide Prevention scheme. The classes are organised by North Lanarkshire Council’s social work department at Airdrie FC’s home stadium.
Drive on Supporting Suicide Prevention
Kenny Wade, Penny Cars Manager, said: “We all thought it was a great idea and the course itself was very interesting.
“We’re proud of our drivers helping our community to reduce what has become such a horrible epidemic. Our drivers have responded really well to this and we’re now waiting on dates to be confirmed for more to take part.”
Suicide Prevention lead with North Lanarkshire Council, Lynne MacDonald, said: “Suicide devastates lives and communities every day of every week. The figures are shocking and we need to do more about it.
“We recently launched a new text alert system after discussions with our target audience of young men.
“Our RU THAT GUY campaign aims to encourage people to ‘be that person’ who will text or phone their friends. Perhaps after a night out, maybe after a tough week or just when they suspect they aren’t themselves.
“Just one simple text could make all the difference to someone who needs help.”
To sign up to the North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention alert system text: THATGUY to 60163.