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World Suicide Prevention event running at Preston Bus Station

Posted on - 6th September, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, City Centre, Politics, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Preston Bus Station's car park has now reopened Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Bus Station Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston Wellfest are running an event at Preston Bus Station’s concourse as part of World Suicide Prevention.

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The free, drop-in event, has insights from people who have been touched by suicide.

Taking place on Saturday (9 September) between 10am to 3.30pm organisations involved include The Mary O’Gara Foundation.

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An exhibition in the Bus Station of artwork produced by people who have lost loved ones to suicide will be on display. This will be alongside artwork already in the Bus Station put in place by the Mary O’Gara Foundation.

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Preston City Council’s cabinet member for community safety and social justice councillor Nweeda Khan 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. And remember, each suicide also profoundly impacts many more people.

“It’s important for people to know it’s okay not to be okay and that there is help out there and always 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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Organisations taking part in the day include The Samaritans, Strive 2 Thrive, Red Rose Recovery, Peer Talk, Preston Domestic Violence Services and We Are With You.

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The event is free to attend and you can register via Eventbrite to confirm your attendance if you wish.

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