The North East Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt has been created in our region by those bereaved by suicide, helping to honour the lives of their loved ones, whilst also aiming to raise awareness and spark important conversations.
The team behind the making of the memorial quilt invite you to a ‘Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Event’ which is taking place on Wednesday 20 March, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, at Newcastle Cathedral.
Be sure to join for an evening of remembrance featuring a candle procession, music from the Ryton Singers, and speakers Samantha Allen (chief executive of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (NENC ICB)) and Andy Airey (joint founder of 3 Dads Walking). You will also have an opportunity to view the quilt itself – a powerful piece of artwork with a poignant message.
The ‘Speak Their Name’ movement originates in Greater Manchester where the first memorial quilt was made during the covid-19 pandemic.
The project in the North East has been led by Tracey Beadle of the charity Quinn’s Retreat and Suzanne Howes – both of whom have lost children to suicide, and are determined to make a difference and bring hope to our region, in their children’s names.
The creation of the quilt was embedded in the local community, with over 200 people attending workshops in Darlington, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Teesside. 120 individual fabric squares have been crafted, representing and honouring 77 loved ones who have died by suicide.
A launch event was held on 11 November 2023 at City Library in Newcastle, where the artwork was unveiled. The vision is that the quilt will take centre stage in the North East, touring public places to provoke thought, be a catalyst for conversations, and raise awareness. As a result, the quilt is both a suicide prevention and postvention initiative – it will highlight the impact of bereavement by suicide, as well as bring hope and healing to those who have lost loved ones.
The quilt is in the process of touring the region, starting with Tyne and Wear. Having already been exhibited in Wallsend Library in December, and Whitley Bay Library in January, it will be heading next to:
We encourage you to attend the event at Newcastle Cathedral if you can, or visit the quilt whilst it is on tour. Please join us and help spread the word amongst colleagues, friends, and family.
Email [email protected] to book your place at the ‘Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Event’ on Wednesday 20 March, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, at Newcastle Cathedral (St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF). Light refreshments will be provided.
Find out more about the North East Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt and the tour here: https://quinnsretreat.org.uk/north-east-speak-their-name/