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Preston Wellfest hosting special event on the Flag Market this World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on - 8th September, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Flag Market, Health, Preston Bus Station, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
The World Suicide Prevention Day event will take place on the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

A special event will be hosted by Preston Wellfest on the Flag Market this World Suicide Prevention Day.

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The free, drop-in event on Saturday (10 September) will feature insights from people who have have been touched by suicide, plus stalls hosted by local community and support organisations.

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The event will be focused on this year’s international theme of ‘Creating Hope through Action’.

Twelve local organisations with an interest in suicide prevention will attend the event to provide advice, information, and more intensive support to anyone who may need it.

Among those attending will be The Samaritans, Strive 2 Thrive, Red Rose Recovery, LemonDance and We Are With You.

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Many of the stallholders will be hosting activities, such as planting forget-me-nots with Let’s Grow Preston, and there will be opportunities to hear from people who have worked with the organisations in attendance through a series of short live interviews.

In addition, the Mary O’Gara Foundation, in conjunction with Preston Wellfest, have organised an exhibition at Preston Bus Station.

Attendees will be encouraged to contribute their own messages of hope or memories of loved ones who have died by suicide. These messages will be added to the exhibition, which will remain on display at the Bus Station for a month, up to World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

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Councillor Nweeda Khan, Cabinet member for communities and social justice at Preston City Council, said: “With more than 6,000 lives lost to suicide each year in the UK, it’s time to open up and talk about how we’re feeling and start that conversation.

“It’s important for people to know it’s okay not to be okay and that there is help out there and someone who can listen. Finding support before reaching that crisis point could play a vital part in saving the life of someone you care about.

“Suicide is preventable; it’s not inevitable.”


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