Mothers from Holbrook and Ipswich highlight frightening suicide death statistics on ‘This Morning’ TV show
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Two Suffolk mothers who lost their sons in tragic circumstances have joined the national campaign to highlight the stories of men lost to suicide which is being aired on ITV’s “This Morning” programme throughout the week.
Laura Hall and Pippa Travis-Williams linked up with world-renknowned street artist and sculptor Mark Jenkins to create lifelike images of men which are to be displayed on the roof of the TV station’s building.
They helped to create 12 of them with a further 72 being adapted from mannequins as part of “Project 84” which tells the stories of 84 men lost to suicide every week in the UK.
Laura lost her 20-year-old son Archie in November 2015 when he fell off the Orwell Bridge.
He had come home to Holbrook from university in Lincoln after experiencing emotional problems.
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That evening he drove to The Strand next to the River Orwell, parked, and climbed to the bridge before falling from it, despite frantic efforts from family members to find him before it was too late.
Meanwhile, Pippa, who lives in Ipswich, and is due to appear on the TV show with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, lost her son Henry, 21, in May 2016.
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The campaign was instigated by CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, and which is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Laura said it was one of the organisations she turned to following the loss of her son.
“I managed to get involved with another mother who lost her son and who told me about the campaign and we just had to help with the campaign.
“We were invited to work with Mark and it was an honour to be involved and I hope it goes a small way to reducing the astounding statistics.
“CALM put out an appeal to people who wanted to be involved in the project and they were inundated with applications but somehow we made the last cut but they have been a great help to me.”
Back in October 2016 the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star launched a campaign to prevent deaths from the Orwell Bridge which was backed by Laura. She said something must be done to the bridge to make it harder for people to access it on foot to try and prevent more deaths.