Earlier this month, it was World Suicide Prevention Day. This is a date when many of us remember – more than usual – people we have known who have taken their own lives, and those affected by a suicide. It is also a key opportunity for organisations who help people in crisis to raise awareness of their work.
Previously we have held vigils and events to recognise this awareness day. Whilst this year we were unable to meet up to remember together and support each other, we suggested people might like to put a small lantern or battery tea light in their windows, to show solidarity with those who have lost loved ones.
We placed lights in the windows of our Stockport Mind office on the Friday night itself, which were left on over the weekend that followed.
With us being an organisation where staff regularly listen to people who express thoughts about the value of their lives, it was important to show – in our small way – that everyone has worth, and their lives matter.
Stockport Town Hall was lit up in green on the day too, and we know Stockport Samaritans had a stand in Merseyway shopping centre, so people could meet them and find out about their services – if you are in crisis or need to talk urgently, you can contact them 24/7 on 116 123.