Our video follows the journey of the creation of the North East Speak Their Name suicide loss memorial quilt in the north east of England. Our project was led by Tracey Beadle of the charity Quinn’s Retreat and Suzanne Howes.
Both have lost children to suicide and are determined to make a difference, and bring hope, in their children’s names.
The quilt is made of 120 individual fabric squares, each crafted by those bereaved to suicide, representing and honouring their loved ones who have died. 200 people attended workshops in 2023 to create their memorials.
Our project is both a suicide prevention and postvention initiative. Suicide loss is traumatic, isolating and leaves heartbreak in its wake. We know people bereaved by suicide are at higher risk of suicide themselves. The north east has the highest suicide rate in the UK.
Our vision is that our powerful artwork will take centre stage in our region. The quilt is currently touring public places, provoking thought, being a catalyst for conversations and raising awareness about suicide. Alongside this, our quilt is bringing hope and healing to those who have lost loved ones.