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Preston’s World Suicide Prevention Day event cancelled

Posted on - 9th September, 2022 - 7:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, City Centre, Flag Market, Health, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s event to mark World Suicide Prevention Day has been cancelled.

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Preston Wellfest tweeted the news, saying: “Due to the Queen’s passing Preston City Council has, due to protocol, cancelled events taking place on the Flag Market this Saturday.

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“As such, unfortunately, the World Suicide Prevention Day Event tomorrow will now not be going ahead.”

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The free, drop-in event was due to take place on Saturday (10 September).

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It would have featured insights from people who have have been touched by suicide, plus stalls hosted by local community and support organisations.

People responded to the news with concern.

One said: “I know this is out of your hands, I’m uncomfortable with the message it sends to anyone who was planning on coming to investigate what help they could access with suicidal thoughts.”

Another added: “This is an important event and could save someone’s life.”

Read more: Fulwood woman’s loved ones set up foundation for suicide prevention in young people

Preston Wellfest said organisers were ‘working hard behind the scenes’ to arrange a new event as soon as possible.

Helpline details will be displayed for anyone who arrives at the Flag Market unaware of the cancellation.

Anyone who needs help for suicidal thoughts should visit the NHS website for advice including helpline details.


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