Footballers across Lanarkshire have donned their boots in aid of suicide prevention awareness. 

Players from Airdrieonians, Clyde FC, Hamilton Academical and Motherwell FC joined over 200 participants in the 7-a-side competition, which donates to mental health charity Samaritans. 

Former Rangers star Marvin Andrews also made an appearance to support the event. Glasgow Times:

The competition raises funds for and supports Lanarkshire's mental health campaigns, and aims to challenge the stigma of talking openly about suicide, anxiety and depression. 

Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council Paul Kelly said: “It was great to see so many people pulling on their boots to support this suicide prevention football tournament. Sport provides a great platform to raise awareness about suicide.”

“Many people, especially after the difficult 18 months everyone has endured during the health pandemic, have suffered from anxiety, depression and loneliness. We want to share the message that help is available and encouraging people to talk openly about suicide.”

Last year, 48 people in North Lanarkshire took their own lives. 784 deaths from suicide were recorded in Scotland.

If you are worried about suicide or someone who may be at risk, you can reach out to the  Samaritans on 116123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.