Baton Of Hope Suicide Prevention Tour BeginsMen
What Sky News is reporting as the UK's biggest initiative on suicide, began today 25th June in Glasgow and features runners holding a specially designed Olympic-style torch, with the aim of carrying it across the UK to raise public awareness to biggest preventable killer of adults under 35 in this land.
The Suicide prevention tour is supported with runners made up of survivors and bereaved family members.
In order to help publicise the event and ensure media coverage, often ignored unless celebrities are involved, people such as Fatboy Slim, Chris Boardman and Will Vaulks are among the stars backing this event.
Starting in Glasgow, the tour takes in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Brighton and ends in London on 6th July.
The full itinerary can be viewed on the Baton Of Hope website by clicking on the image below.
Writing on the website, the story of how the idea of a Baton and tour of the UK came about as a result of the two bereaved fathers making contact and wanting to make a difference; working together to established the campaign.
Mike McCarthy and Steve Phillip made contact following the deaths of their sons, Ross and Jordan, to suicide. Steve said:
“We were brought together through tragic circumstances – two fathers sharing common grief. Each wanting to make a difference, and determined that the death of our sons should not be in vain. Through our friendship, we recognised that by creating unity of purpose we could shake things up and create a movement that we hope will stop so many people taking their own lives.”
The website also features stories of those who have lost people to suicide and the work they are doing in trying to help prevent the numerous deaths by suicide which, since covid, seems to have reached epidemic levels.
With regard to the Baton itself, the website explains:
The Baton of Hope is unprecedented – it is, as its founders intended, fast becoming the UK’s largest ever suicide prevention initiative. As such, it deserves an iconic device that can serve as a unifying symbol for the campaign. We need something that represents the desperately serious and highly-charged subject of suicide, while at the same time promoting the ocean of hope and optimism at the heart of the mission.
You can read further about its design and the metals making it up by clicking on the image above right.