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40 second silence to mark World Suicide Prevention Day at Preston Flag Market

Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. To raise awareness and to remember those that have died and are bereaved by suicide, a 40 second silence will be held at Preston Flag Market on 10 September at 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm and 2.40pm.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria the suicide rates are the third highest in England (source). To address this, a partnership of NHS, local authority, police, public sector, education and businesses is working to reduce suicide and demonstrate that we all can make a difference.

The Preston Flag Market event will mark the launch of a campaign to tackle male suicide. Let’s Talk to Prevent Male Suicide will encourage businesses and communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria to support managers, colleagues, family and friends to talk to prevent suicide. Suicide is a global phenomenon affecting everyone, but it is the biggest killer of men under age 49.

Louise Thomas, Suicide Prevention Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said:

“We know that suicide is a complex issue and it is vital for people to come together and recognise that suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women – and listening is more powerful than you think.

“By bringing people together at Preston Flag Market, we hope to raise awareness and encourage people to talk about suicide.” 

Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. This equates to 3,000 a day or 800,000 people a year. For every suicide, there are 20 suicide attempts -one every 3 seconds.

Together we can help to prevent suicide. If you’re struggling to cope then call Samaritans on 116 123.

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Notes to editors:

  • Find out about the event here.
  • More information about World Suicide Prevention Day is available here.
  • People are encouraged to use #40seconds on social media

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is an Integrated Care System (ICS) which is a partnership of organisations working together to improve services and help the 1.7 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria live longer, healthier lives.

We are a partnership which includes NHS, local councils, public sector, voluntary sector and community organisations, taking collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of our population.

Our aim is to join up health and care services, to listen to our communities, and tackle some of the biggest challenges we are all facing.

Dr Amanda Doyle leads the ICS with support from senior clinicians and managers from every part of Lancashire and South Cumbria

For further information, please contact the Media team on 0333 150 1602, email: mediacsu@nhs.net

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