Lets Walk & Talk About Suicide – A Family Day
AIMS: To raise the awareness to the general public of the scale and impact of failed and completed suicides on Families, Friends and Communities; particularly within young adults
To bring about change in the general public’s perception of completed and attempted suicides, removing the stigma forever
FAMS keep the momentum and spotlight on Suicide Awareness And Early Intervention, by holding our flagship event #Lets Walk & Talk About Suicide – A Family Day (#LWAS) every year at Strathclyde Park, during National Suicide Prevention Week since September 2016. Our four events till now have been hugely successful with excellent feedback and has allowed FAMS to touch 1000’s of people.
People are invited to walk around the park, or parts of the park, depending on their fitness level. Strathclyde Park caters for all age groups, pets, people with disabilities, everyone welcome. Alternatively for anyone who is unable to participate in the walk around the park,
our “Tea & Talk” Marquee provides FREE refreshments for all and the opportunity for strangers to become friends. FREE activities for children and young adults are also available, including free speed boat rides. There is also live music.
We’ll be providing regular updates of our next Walk and Talk event, along with other events in the near future. So stop by regularly for updates, or like us on Facebook if you’d prefer.
Design Our Logo Competition
The competition is open to anyone who is between 8-25 The purpose is to open and encourage and dialogue between young adults, peer groups, teachers and parents about suicide. Some entries are just phenomenal making it very difficult for the judges to choose
2016 Sammi Mitchell, (13) Stonehouse. Sammi’s 18 year older brother died by suicide.
2017 Rachett (21) Hamilton. Ratchet has lost several friends to suicide.
2018 Kayleigh Young (13) East Kilbride. Kayleigh’s father died by suicide.
2019 Roxy Smart (14) Edinburgh
The Mcgilvray Family Football Tournament
This annual event is organised by the family and friends of Paul Gerard McGilvray, known as PG. This much loved young boy (20) was murdered in an unprovoked attack by four strangers on 8th Aug 2004. The McGilvray family are supported by PG’s family & friends, Hamilton Accies FC, FAMS and approximately 300 youth players from all over Lanarkshire.
A Christmas Gathering – A pain that never heals
An alternative non-denominational Christmas service for anyone bereaved by murder or suicide, irrespective of time. People are invited to leave their “masks” at the door and encourage to remember and honour their loved ones, without worrying about upsetting someone’s feelings. During the service there as an opportunity to light a candle for your loved one, whether they took there own life or their life was taken; and a roll call of our dearly departed. Attendees are also entertained by a soloist singer, key note speakers and choir, ensuring that the services ends in a “high” note. The service is completed by a Tea & Talk Cafe provided free by FAMS, giving people the opportunity to meet and chat to their peers. All attendees are given a personal reminder of the service by FAMS volunteers
Christmas Party for children and families affected by murder, suicide, or suicidal thoughts/behaviours.
New Years Eve – Drop In Café
Open to anyone and everybody welcome. New Year is a tough time for many people as it represents moving forward into another year without your loved one. FAMS found that there was very few organisations open on New Yers Eve so we opened our doors for a Drop In Café