Preston’s World Suicide Prevention Day event canceled

Flag Market Image: Tony Worrall

Preston’s event to mark World Suicide Prevention Day has been cancelled.


Preston Wellfest tweeted the news, saying: “Due to the death of the Queen, Preston City Council has, due to protocol, canceled the events taking place at the Flag Market this Saturday.

“As such, unfortunately, the World Suicide Prevention Day event tomorrow will no longer take place.”

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The free, walk-in event was scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10.

It would have featured ideas from people who have been affected by suicide, as well as stalls organized by the local community and support organisations.

People reacted to the news with concern.

One said: “I know it’s not up to you, I’m uncomfortable with the message this sends to anyone who was considering coming to investigate what help they might be able to access in cases of suicidal thoughts.”

Another added: “This is a significant event that could save someone’s life.”

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Preston Wellfest said organizers were “working hard behind the scenes” to organize a new event as soon as possible.

Helpline details will be displayed for anyone who arrives at Flag Market unaware of the cancellation.

Anyone needing help with suicidal thoughts should visit the NHS website for advice, including helpline details.

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