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Yorkshire TV duo reunite to champion suicide prevention

Yorkshire TV favourites Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot have announced they will be re-uniting for a special cause this spring.

The award-winning former ITV Calendar presenters developed a special rapport on screen which proved highly popular with TV audiences.

Now they have agreed to present a national conference being organised by friend Mike McCarthy, a former presenter from the rival news programme BBC Look North.

Mike tragically lost his son to suicide three years ago and since then has campaigned for suicide prevention and improvements in mental health support.  He has co-founded the national suicide prevention charity, Baton Of Hope which is dedicated to smashing the stigma around suicide and helping to reduce suicide statistics which have stagnated in the UK for more than 15 years.

The duo will present the inaugural Baton of Hope conference this May 16th which aims to bring together people who care about suicide prevention to change the way suicide is seen, talked about and treated.

Mike said:

“I cannot thank Duncan and Christine enough for generously agreeing to give their time for this vital cause.  As a former TV presenter myself I know the hosting of this conference is in very capable and talented hands.”

Duncan and Christine added:

“We are honoured to be supporting this event.  Nobody is immune to mental health problems and the nation is losing far too many people to suicide.  It is the biggest killer of men under 50 and women under 35 and we welcome the opportunity to play a part in this event.”

The conference entitled: ‘Making Suicide Everyone’s Business’ takes place at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield on May 16th. Speakers include former political spin doctor Alastair Campbell, and world leader on suicide research and prevention and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Professor Rory O’Connor amongst many more.

The event is open to all and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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Image of Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood reuniting for Baton of Hope suicide prevention. Featured with the Baton during the Sheffield leg of Baton of Hope's inaugural tour

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-Ends- Issued on behalf of Baton of Hope by MacComms. Contact Ellie MacDonald on 07868619552 / [email protected] for more information. Image of Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood reuniting for Baton of Hope suicide prevention. Featured with the Baton during the Sheffield leg of 2023’s Baton of Hope tour. About Baton of Hope Baton of Hope is a registered charity which formed in 2022 as part of a growing movement aspiring to a zero-suicide society. Baton of Hope will simply not tolerate more than 6,000 suicide deaths per year in the UK (as currently) when most suicides are preventable. The charity has a vision of a society where suicide and suicide prevention are openly and widely discussed, where we inspire hope through action, where people are suitably supported, and where everyone plays their part in realising this vision. Baton of Hope’s mission is to bring about change. In how we approach suicide. In how we talk about it. And in how we support those affected by it. 2023 saw Baton of Hope run the Baton of Hope tour, biggest suicide prevention and awareness initiative the UK has ever seen, spanning 12 cities in 12 days. The tour was commended by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who said “The Baton of Hope is a true point of light in our country, and it will help to save many lives now and in years to come.” Visit for more information and follow @Batonofhopeuk across social media.

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