No Substitute for LifeMore than 700 people recently attended the popular community event 'No Substitute for Life' to commemorate those who have lost their lives to suicide.

Twelve teams took part in the seven-a-side football tournament in Ferguslie with 'Lucy’s Angels' winning the match for a second year in a row.

Friends and family were also able to get information and meet representatives from a range of local and national agencies that are working together to help prevent suicide in Scotland.

People also had the opportunity to write a message on a purple heart and put it on the SOBS memorial tree in the Tannahill Centre.

The event was attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who opened the event, and Paul Cardona, whose personal experiences led him to develop the event for the community.

Hall said: “No Substitute for Life is a treasured event for the community given so many people an opportunity to talk about their loss with others. Breaking this isolation is key for anyone affected by suicide, but it also helps to prevent people taking their own lives.

“Men are still twice as likely to lose their lives to suicide, so a game of football is a great way to get together and help spread awareness that talking about suicide does help save lives.”

At the end of the event a hundred balloons were released into the air in remembrance for those who had lost their lives to suicide.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire. The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.