Act of Remembrance next week

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An ‘Act of Remembrance’ will take place at the Town and County Hall in Aberdeen on Wednesday, September 11 at 2pm to mark Suicide Prevention Week (September 9 - 13) and to remember those lost to suicide.

The event is open to the public and residents from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire can attend.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam will welcome visitors before an address is provided by the Chaplain of Aberdeen’s Royal Cornhill Hospital Donald Meston and refreshments will be served.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said: “This event is important as it marks the lives lost and provides people with an opportunity to come together and remember loved ones who are still in our thoughts.

“I encourage people to attend the event and those that need help to seek it from the many organisations that offer help from local authority mental health teams to organisations such as the Samaritans.”

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster added: “The Act of Remembrance is a poignant occasion and it is the first time such an activity has taken place to mark Suicide Prevention Week in the area.

“I encourage people from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to attend to pay their respects. Suicide is an issue that has received much media attention and it affects many age groups. It is important we raise awareness and encourage people to seek help.”

A tree of remembrance for people to add messages will also be available alongside a book to capture thoughts, feelings and words of warmth for those loved and lost.