Free training on suicide prevention is planned for Benbecula and Barra.

SafeTALK, which lasts for two and a half hours, will enable participants to learn four basic steps to recognise people who are thinking of suicide.

Participants will be more willing and able to help connect people with thoughts of suicide to others who can help them.

NHS Western Isles say: "Suicide is everyone’s business. We all know someone who has been affected by this issue and this training will give you the confidence to support others who may have suicidal thoughts.

"This free training is suitable for everyone over 15 years of age who wants to help prevent suicide. Places on the workshop are limited, so early booking is advisable.

"Suicide can affect any one of us so let’s make sure the right help is available."

The events will take place at Fire Station, Castlebay, Isle of Barra on Tuesday 18 February from 11:30am until 2pm and HHP Office, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula on Tuesday 25 February from 11am until 1:30pm.

For further information or to book a place contact: Alison MacDonald, Health Promotion, NHS Western Isles, Tel: 01870 602588, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.