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Skipton woman wins national award for suicide prevention campaign

Skipton woman wins national award for suicide prevention campaign

Published at 1:32pm 1st April 2019.

A Skipton woman, who set up a campaign to promote mental health after the death of her brother, has won a national award. 

  • Hayley Carroll set up Samuel's Rainbow following the death of her brother in May 2016 
  • It aims to raise awareness of suicide and try to open up a conversation about depression 
  • Hayley has been announced as winner of the 'Tenant of the Year' at a national awards ceremony 
  • She received a standing ovation at the ceremony 

Hayley Carroll received a standing ovation during her acceptance speech to the audience at the Tpas Awards, where she won Tenant of the Year. 

Hayley established her community campaign shortly after her younger brother Samuel took his own life in May 2016.

Hayley wanted something positive to come out of her experience by encouraging young men to talk about their mental health.

You can watch Hayley accepting the award below: 

Hayley received a standing ovation at the National Tpas Awards

Through her regular "Sunday Social" events she brings people together in Skipton one Sunday a month to discuss issues in an informal environment.

Hayley has also helped to fundraise for a local café that helps people with mental health issues.

Hayley also previously started a petition to government to raise awareness and provide more help to young men with mental health issues, which attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

Hayley Carroll said:

"I’m really proud to have awarded the Tenant of the Year at the Tpas Awards.

"Samuel’s Rainbow encourages males to speak up and let their feelings be known to their family.

"I always said that Sam wouldn’t be another statistic, his story can and will help to save other people’s lives."

James Haigh, community investment manager, Yorkshire Housing said:

"Hayley works tirelessly on Samuel’s Rainbow and really deserves this award.

"She has promoted some great things up in Skipton and helped lots of families to come together and talk openly.

"The standing ovation she received on stage shows how highly people feel about the work she is doing."

Also nominated in the Inspirational Young Tenant of the Year category were Hayley’s nephews Skyler & Ellis Carroll.

The boys were inspired by their aunt Hayley, who wanted to raise people’s awareness of the impact of mental health on young men.

 

Skylar and Ellis Carroll
Skylar and Ellis Carroll with a picture of their Uncle Samuel

Hayley is also arranging an awareness and fundraising event, with special guest star Frank Bruno on 24 May in Skipton, which will also mark Samuel’s third anniversary.

The Tpas Awards showcase the compelling and inspirational success stories of tenants, landlords and contractors working together across the communities of England. 

 

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