July 6, 2023

LMA Supports the Baton of Hope in Manchester

The LMA was proud to support the Baton of Hope in Manchester as part of its tour of the United Kingdom. LMA members Sam Allardyce and Kolo Touré met the Baton upon its arrival in the hands of Mike, Andy, and Tim (3 Dads Walking) at Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium respectively to show their support for this vitally important campaign. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, was also in attendance to provide his personal support for the campaign and meet with Baton of Hope co-founder Mike McCarthy whose son Ross died by suicide.

Travelling through 12 cities in 12 days, the tour aims to provide a new platform for suicide awareness and prevention in order to fuel vital conversations nationwide. Baton of Hope are aiming for a ‘zero-suicide society’ with the current statistic of around 6,000 suicide deaths a year in the UK being simply unacceptable due to the preventability of most cases. The tour has been created to inspire hope through action and to ensure that everyone plays their part in realising this vision. The tour officially ends today outside Downing Street to handover the Baton.

The LMA are privileged to have supported the tour and will continue to support initiatives and campaigns against suicide and raising awareness around the topic to further encourage conversation. As an organisation, we have previously supported Shining a Light on Suicide by promoting the opportunity for our members to become ‘suicide aware’ through a 20 minute Zero Suicide Alliance training course, which is available for free to the public and through the Shining a Light on Suicide website. This tool allows us to recognise the signs that someone may be thinking about suicide and understand where to get help.

We look forward to further supporting Baton of Hope and helping them achieve their goals in the future.

For more information about The Baton of Hope, their campaign, and how you can help, please click on the link below:



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