Salford Turns Yellow To End Suicide

START, a leading mental health charity in Salford and Salford CCG will have 109 yellow flags with STARTs Reach Out; Start to End Suicide campaign ribbon entwined hands flying across Salford, one for each life lost to suicide over the last 5 years for World Suicide Prevention Week, 10th – 16th September.
Each flag will carry a personal dedication written down the seam of the flag by the families and friends of those lost to suicide.
The flags will be carried by representatives from organisations across Salford. They will form a procession to mark the beginning of the World Suicide Prevention Day Vigil of Remembrance at Lowry Plaza, 6.30pm, Monday, 10th September. This will be a powerful visual statement to the scale of lives being lost to suicide in Salford.
Dennis Baldwin, Campaign Lead said “We are calling all Public, including NHS, Police, Fire & Rescue and ambulance services along with all third sector support services across Salford to unite in ending the stigma that surrounds suicide and enable us as a community to freely discuss suicide and let people know when we are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Through joining the procession by carrying a flag, then having it flown at your offices for that week, you and your organistion will be sending a strong message to those that are in need that they can seek support and save lives being lost to suicide”.
Two posters, one identifying and supporting someone and another targeted directly to those experiencing suicidal thoughts are being distributed for display. These posters are to be displayed in every NHS waiting room and service provider reception across the city of Salford. The posters and flags will inspire, educate and empower Salford’s community to meaningfully connect with people around them, raise awareness, improve community attitudes and increase public dialogue on suicide, while improving the community’s resilience, saving lives and challenge stigma.
If you would like to join us in turning Salford yellow through joining the procession, flying a flag, inscribing a dedication, or displaying posters for suicide prevention please contact:
Dennis Baldwin , dennis.baldwin@startinspiringminds.org.uk 0161 351 6021
Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone. Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day. Tel: 116 123 (free to call) Email: jo@samaritans.org Website: www.samaritans.org.uk