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  1. The vigil will take place 6.30pm, Monday, 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day, at The Lowry Plaza, directly in front of The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. A procession of 109 yellow flags, each representing a life of loved ones, family members, colleagues and neighbours lost to suicide in Salford over the last five years[1], will open the vigil. The flags will be carried, and then flown from the offices of public and third sector service providers across Salford to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Week. The occasion will also be marked with a candle ceremony, reading of a remembrance roll of names of those lost to suicide, a minute’s silence, speakers, poets and music by Salford’s Blaney. Greater Manchester over the last five years has lost 1,279 loved ones, family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours to suicide[2]. The Vigil will remember those that we have lost and demonstrate to those that are grieving the loss of loved ones to suicide that our community is here for them with this mass demonstration of support. It will contribute towards smashing the stigma that is associated with suicide and contribute to our community enabling people to discuss suicide and to disclose when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts and enable lives to be saved. The vigil will include Vikie Shanks whose husband Paul was 51 when he took his own life in 2007 leaving behind her and their seven kids - six of whom are autistic. ‘Kingdom of Us’ is a documentary on Netflix that follows the Shanks family’s struggle in the wake of Paul’s death over the next three years as they tried to come to terms with their loss. Vikie Shanks said Poet Marvin Cheeseman, who lives with bipolar, said of his involvement Salford’s award winning performance poet JB Barrington will be performing a 6 minute poem about love, life and loss charting the journey of a friendship from the first day at school to the tragic day his friend took his own life. Ed Blaney, from Blaney, who's long been associated with The Fall, as well as being the man behind Salford Music Festival said of their performance at the vigil Bernadette Conlon, CEO START said Andy Burnham, GM Mayor, Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor, and Prof Louis Appleby, Chair National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group will also be speaking at the vigil. If you would like to add your loved ones name to the remembrance roll that will be read out at the vigil or further information please email Dennis.baldwin@startinspiringminds.org.uk or via social media @reachoutstes 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
  2. The 24-7 Control Room Triage Service will be delivered by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police. It will ultimately help to reduce demand on emergency services. Launching in August, the service will see trained mental health professionals based at the Clayton Brook communications centre, assessing incidents relating to mental health and providing advice and support to police staff, to help avoid unnecessary deployments of police officers. Mental health staff will also provide expert clinical advice to police officers through telephone or video conferencing, supporting them to make the right decisions when responding to incidents involving people who are experiencing mental health problems. The new service has been commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the 10 NHS clinical commissioning groups in Greater Manchester. Gail Briers, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Operational Clinical Services at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said: Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said: Henry Ticehurst, Medical Director at Pennine Care said: Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes said:


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