#BehindTheNumbers Campaign Launch
Tuesday 2nd July 2019
11.30am – 12.30pm (tea/coffee from 11 am)
Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EX
In July 2019 the latest drug-related death statistics will be published, with a significant increase projected from the 934 deaths reported last year. Whole families continue to be devastated, left heartbroken, frustrated and angry that they first lost their loved ones to addiction, and ultimately to death.
Behind these numbers lies an even larger group of people at high risk of serious harm and death. This group is still alive against the odds, many thanks to the tireless, unrecognised and unsupported efforts of their families. From meeting their basic needs for food and shelter to helping them engage with an inflexible treatment system which judges and excludes, to offering them enduring love, connection and hope for the future – families are playing a central role in saving and preserving life.
On 2 July 2019, Scottish Families will launch #BehindTheNumbers, our new campaign highlighting and championing this hidden and unrecognised contribution by families. Join us for the release of the first two short films in this campaign, where family members share examples of service and system failure, leaving them holding and managing risk which should be shared.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with the family members involved. Media interviews can be arranged following the event.