World Suicide Prevention Day: Sunderland landmarks to be lit in green and white to raise awareness

Landmarks across Wearside will be lit up in green and white on Tuesday, September 10 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 17:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 17:35 pm
Northern Spire will be one of the landmark lit in green and white tonight. Picture: Chris Booth.

Every year organisations and communities across the globe come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Sunderland is playing its part, with landmarks across the city, including Keel Square, Northern Spire, Fulwell Mill, Market Square and Seaburn Lighthouse, showing their colours for the campaign tonight.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the number of countries with suicide prevention strategies is still too low – and governments need to commit to establishing them.

Keel Square

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WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues. Yet suicides are preventable.

“We call on all countries to incorporate proven suicide prevention strategies into national health and education programmes in a sustainable way.”

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Fulwell Mill