Parents of young drug victim fund DVD

Murdo Mathers and Denise Hutton were pictured at Bernardo' offices in Arbroath at the launch of the DVD "Don't Walk Away - Lisa's Story" which deals with the subject of self harm.
Murdo Mathers and Denise Hutton were pictured at Bernardo' offices in Arbroath at the launch of the DVD "Don't Walk Away - Lisa's Story" which deals with the subject of self harm.

“IF THIS DVD can save one young person’s life then all our efforts will be worth it.”

Those are the earnest words of Denise Hutton, mother of Lisa Hutton, who died in Arbroath in June, 2010 of an accidental drugs overdose, aged 15.

Barnardo’s Scotland Self Harm Initiative launched a new DVD ‘Don’t Walk Away’ on Thursday in Arbroath. The DVD was made with money raised by Lisa’s parents.

Lisa died following a night out with friends. The tragic accident could have been avoided if her friends had known what to do. The hope is that this DVD will prevent another accidental death.

‘Don’t Walk Away’ explains what action young people should take if they suspect they or their friends need medical help after taking alcohol or drugs or a combination of both.

Sadly, too many young people are unaware of the risks of taking drugs or are not sure what action to take if they suspect their friends are in trouble.

Murdo Mathers, service manager at Barnardo’s Scotland Self Harm Initiative, said: “We’re very grateful to Mr and Mrs Hutton for their contribution towards funding and taking part in making this DVD. ‘Don’t Walk Away’ will be used as a resource in our service to inform young people about drug and alcohol use and what to do if they suspect someone needs help.”

If you would like more information about ‘Don’t Walk Away’ contact Murdo Mathers at Self Harm Initiative on 01241 873 146.