Memorial planting in Urmston to remember those lost to suicide

A ‘Reflection Rose’ has been planted to remember those who have taken their own lives.

Following Greater Manchester’s Month of Hope, which focuses on raising awareness of mental health and suicide, Trafford Council, Friends of Davyhulme Park group, Shining a Light on Suicide, the Samaritans and 5 A side Chess, an organisation working to tackle loneliness and social isolation, gathered for the planting.

In Trafford, there are on average, 15 people per year who die by suicide and suicide is the main cause of death in young people under the age of 35 in the UK.

The ‘Reflection Rose’ will offer somewhere for people to reflect, remember a friend, or loved one they have lost, and be a place where people can go to share memories, and also feelings of hope.

Cllr Jo Harding, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, and Strategic Partnerships, Trafford Council said:

“Raising awareness of mental health and suicide is so important, we want this space and memorial in Davyhulme Park to offer a place where people can go to think, reflect and feel hope.  Talking about mental health and having open conversations can help us to support each other and raise awareness of mental health and suicide.”

Adele Owen, from Shining a Light on Suicide added:

“By planting this rose, Trafford Council and the Friends of Davyhulme Park, are publicly acknowledging a grief that is often kept in the dark due to stigma and encouraging more supportive communities. Hopefully, being able to visit this beautiful place to remember the lives of those they have lost, will bring some comfort to those left bereaved by suicide.”

Trafford Council recently launched a new suicide prevention strategy, which is committed to making Trafford a place where suicide prevention is everyone’s business and where people don't feel like suicide is their only option. Aiming to create a supportive environment to live, learn and work and where people can receive support and advice when they need it.

Anyone who is struggling can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or text Shout on 85258. If you are bereaved by suicide, you do not need to deal with your grief alone. Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can find the right support for you. Please visit: 

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Posted on Thursday 10th November 2022