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Silence to be held to remember those lost to suicide

Posted on - 9th September, 2019 - 12:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News
An anti-Tommy Robinson protest is due to take place on the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

A series of 40 second silences will be held on the Flag Market on Tuesday to remember the lives of people who have died through suicide.

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In 2016 Preston was revealed as having the highest rate of suicide in the UK with men being three times as likely to take their own lives as women.

To address this, a partnership of NHS, local authority, police, public sector, education and businesses is working to reduce suicide and demonstrate that we all can make a difference.

To raise awareness and to remember those that have died and are bereaved by suicide, a 40 second silence will be held on the Flag Market on Tuesday 10 September at 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm and 2.40pm. 

The event is the launch of a new campaign to tackle male suicide.

Suicide is a global phenomenon affecting everyone, but it is the biggest killer of men under age 49.

Let’s Talk to Prevent Male Suicide will encourage businesses and communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria to support managers, colleagues, family and friends to talk to prevent suicide.

Read more: Mental health marathon to see laps around Preston docks

Louise Thomas, Suicide Prevention Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “We know that suicide is a complex issue and it is vital for people to come together and recognise that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

“Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women – and listening is more powerful than you think.

“By bringing people together at Preston Flag Market, we hope to raise awareness and encourage people to talk about suicide.” 

If you’re struggling to cope then call Samaritans on 116 123.

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