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Shopping centre staff to take part in ‘Darkness to Light’ walk

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FIVE employees from Warrington’s Golden Square Shopping centre are taking part in a ‘Darkness to Light’ walk this Friday, September 10, to mark Suicide Prevention
Day.

The second annual walk will take place between 2:30am and 7am from Widnes to Warrington, the idea being that it symbolises that there can be a move from dark to light, or from despair to hope.
In Warrington, an average of 19 people die from suicide every year. There are support systems available, but often those who struggle don’t hear of it quickly enough.
Ian McClure from Get Warrington Talking who has set up the event said: “These numbers are horrendous, and even more so when you begin to realise that they are real people.
“They are someone’s brother, son, dad, sister, daughter, mother, friend, team mate or colleague.
“It is then you realise together we have to pull together as a community to prevent this, to find ways of making timely interventions that save lives.”
The walk which is being organised by #GetWarringtonTalking and #MoveMENt aims to help end the stigma around mental health.
The hope is that by talking about suicide and suicide prevention it will no longer be an ‘elephant in the room’, and that raising awareness of local services and support will mean people will know where to go when they are struggling.
Anyone is invited to join the walk, which will be finishing at approx 7am in the Old Market Place.
For more information and to sign up visit darknessintolightwalkwarrington.eventbrite.co.uk

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