Carlisle hosted a very special service this week to commemorate the lives of people who have taken their own lives.

On Friday it was Suicide Prevention Day and people from across the city came together to remember loved ones. The vigil was held by Every Life Matters at Carlisle Cathedral as well as other places across the county.

Gabby Stephenson-Bell from Every Life Matters said: “It was a powerful event and lots of people turned up.

“Lots of people brought candles and pictures and spent some time reflecting. It was a powerful experience and amazing to be apart of.

“The vigil was very overwhelming and moving and everyone was grateful to come along to have the space.

“There was a lot of pain but also a lot of love too.”

People came to light candles and there was a minute’s silence for people to pay their respects to their lost loved ones.

There were qualified listeners and a bereavement service present who were there to support those who had been affected by suicide.

A group called Space To Talk worked in partnership with Every Life Matters were there to provide this service.

The aim was to help people who had been affected by suicide by offering them the chance to reflect on their lives.

Ms Stephenson-Bell added: “Thank you to Mark Gibson who provided amazing lighting at the cathedral.

“Also a thank you to Cannon Michael who provided the music.”