A candletlit vigil will be held at Hyde Market on September 10th to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day event and remember Ashton man Anthony Seddon who died two years ago, aged 30, after spending his entire adult life struggling with the physical, emotional and social consequences of mental illness.
People around the world will be remembering those who have lost their lives through suicide. Various agencies, led by Tameside Council’s health and wellbeing service, will be present at the vigil. The gathering starts at 7.45pm and there will be a minute’s silence at 8 o’clock in memory of loved ones lost to suicide and to raise awareness of those still struggling.
According to World Health Organisation figures nearly 3,000 people commit suicide every day across the globe, and for every person who dies another 20 or more unsuccessfully attempt to kill themselves.
Local Councillor Lynn Travis said: “Suicide is by definition a tragedy. When you’re unaffected by such traumas it’s very hard to understand the forces that could drive someone to such despair.
“I’m happy to give World Suicide Prevention Day my backing. It’s vital we do all we can to help people who believe they have no hope, and we can all show our support by attending the vigil.”
For more information visit www.theanthonyseddonfund.org