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Rovers support World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2018

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Rovers have taken the opportunity to mark World Suicide Prevention Day by sending a delegation to support Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's commemorative vigil - aimed at raising awareness of the situation and hopefully saving lives in the process.

A number of keynote speakers including the Council's chief executive Harry Catherall and leader Cllr Mohammed Khan OBE were joined on the platform outside Blackburn Town Hall on Monday morning by those who had witnessed the first hand tragedy of a suicide in their family, with a sizeable crowd also taking part in a 40-second silence - the length of which marked the regularity with which somebody commits suicide in the UK - and enjoying a musical tribute to those affected by the issue.

Joining Rovers' finance director Mike Cheston and the Community Trust's NCS recruitment and graduation officer Jade Elliott at the vigil were two inspiring young individuals, Kelly and Shannon, who are part of the NCS Youth Board that meets at Ewood Park.

Having been part of the NCS programme that encourages young people to challenge themselves and put something back into their local community, they have remained an active part of the organisation following their graduation, and helped to raise money for local mental health support charities in the aftermath of losing their friend Tiegan O'Rourke to suicide last Christmas.

They have also ensured that the most recent NCS participants through the Community Trust's cohort this summer have continued the legacy of support for those facing challenging mental health conditions, with one of the many groups undertaking this summer's social action projects helping to place permanent messages of support and advice at locations around the borough that have become known blackspots for potential suicide attempts.

The club's support for World Suicide Prevention Day will be broadcast to an even wider audience with events planned at this Saturday's televised home clash with Aston Villa - stay tuned for further details online and in this weekend's matchday programme.

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