THE COMMUNITY came together on Friday night to mark World Suicide Prevention Day in Barrow.

A vigil in Barrow, Carlisle and Whitehaven was organised by Cumbrian charity Every Life Matters to remember those who have been lost to suicide, for those living with thoughts of suicide, and to show support for suicide prevention.

A swarm of people turned up in support of the Barrow vigil, taking it in turns to light candles for loved ones.

The event involved no speakers or service, and there was no pressure for those who attended to talk to others - it was an opportunity to light a candle and to remember.

The town hall was lit up in purple to mark the occasion, whilst the clock was illuminated orange to represent the Orange Button Community Scheme, which is a way of identifying people that have undertaken suicide prevention training.

A spokesman for Every Life Matters said: "Over 230 people came out last night to light a candle in support of World Suicide Prevention Day, and loved ones lost to suicide, across Barrow, Carlisle and Whitehaven.

"Cannot begin to describe how humbled we felt to be part these moving and dignified acts of remembrance and hope. The events will run again in 2022."

Anyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, or is worried about someone else, can visit:

You can also call the Samaritans to speak to a volunteer at any time by dialling 116 123.