Taking the Battle Against Suicide to the Streets to Mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Salford mental health charity Start Inspiring Minds will take to the streets for a Vigil & Procession of Remembrance of all the lives that have been lost to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Tuesday 10th September will see members of the public uniting at Starts Wellbeing Centre, before the Vigil & Procession of Remembrance commences remembering those we have lost to suicide and in support of those left behind.

126 yellow flags, each representing a life lost to suicide in Salford over the last five years will be unfurled along the procession route to Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Once at the Museum & Art Gallery a vigil of speakers and performances will respectfully honour the lives of those lost to suicide and validate the grief of those that survive within this community display of unity and support.

When a person dies, others offer empathy and compassion, but when its by suicide, there is stigma around that death, the loved ones of those lost to suicide are often treated differently, and become isolated. Sadly, they themselves become at higher risk of suicide. This Vigil & Procession of Remembrance is about breaking though, putting a halt to this cycle of suicide that survivors face.
— Dennis Baldwin, from Start Inspiring Minds

Maria Roberts will be speaking at The Vigil & Procession of Remembrance which will feature performances from Hacienda Classical Principle Vocalist, Yvonne Shelton, and Musician, James Holt. Also taking part are Nav Kapur, Head of Research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention at the University of Manchester, Jon Rouse, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Health & Social Care along with Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford.

If you would like to have a loved one’s name added to the roll of remembrance which will be read at the vigil &/or carry a flag in the procession of remembrance please email: dennis.baldwin@startinspiringminds.org.uk

World Suicide Prevention Day Vigil of Remembrance:

Tuesday 10th September at 6.00pm. Gather START Wellbeing Centre M6 5BZ.

Are you having suicidal thoughts, are worried about someone who think maybe suicidal or experiencing difficulties coping after the loss of someone to suicide please visit: Shining A Light On Suicide

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