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MetiNews.Com - The sister of suicide victim Patrick Kenny has been left heartbroken after her signs were removed from a bridge in Cambridgeshire
Breaking News ! The sister of a suicide victim has been left heartbroken after signs, aimed at preventing suicides were removed from a Cambridgeshire bridge. The messages, which included inspiring quotes and the Samaritans' phone number, were attached to a bridge in St Neots, Cambridgeshire by the sister of Patrick Kenny, who took his own life earlier this year. Mr Kenny, more commonly known as Pat, was 25-years-old when he went missing after a night out at a pub in the town on February 7. His sister said she had received a text message from Pat that night, and she had replied to it the following morning, but the message failed to send. When it had still not sent by midday she said she "knew something was wrong". Police launched a missing person investigation to try and trace Pat, finding CCTV footage of a man on a bridge over the River Great Ouse. Patrick Kenny, 25, from St Neots (Image: Facebook/Policing Huntingdonshire) More than a month went by before a body was eventually discovered on March 17, downstream in Little Paxton. A post mortem examination was conducted on the body on March 30 and the cause of death was given as drowning and alcohol consumption. George and Nicola, Pat's siblings, told Cambridgeshire Coroners' Court at the time of his inquest that their brother was "the most intelligent person" they knew, who was "loving and caring" and "just wanted to make people laugh". The tragic passing of her younger brother and the circumstances around his death spurred Nicola Kenny on to think of a way of offering support to others in the same vulnerable situation. Where to get help if you're struggling You don't have to suffer in silence if you're struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help: The Silver Line - free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people: 0800 4 70 80 90 Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email email@example.com, in confidence Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won't show up on your bill PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141 Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website here and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58 The 33-year-old, along with her close friend Hannah, decided to make a handful of heartfelt signs and attach them to a bridge as a way of helping people in a "horrible place of despair." Nicola explained: "It's taken a while for us as we have had a lot to deal with and we had the inquest hearing and everything, but since that sort of settled a little bit we've sort of had time to try and piece ourselves back together. "I decided I wanted to do something, just to try and help someone else, and stop this from happening to someone else. Read More Related Articles Two arrested on suspicion of murder after dad-of-five found dead Read More Related Articles Parents accused of murdering Cambs teen make first appearance at Crown Court "Me and my friend Hannah had a chat and then we came up with the idea to put these notes on a bridge. "I just feel it's really sad that there's nothing there and I haven't seen anything around the town at all about where you can go if you are feeling like that, if you are feeling suicidal or anything." She added: "So we made these notes, and we got some little quotes, so they would hopefully make someone think there is another way, and we put the Samaritans helpline on there too. "Then we laminated them and got some cable ties and then myself and Hannah went down to the bridge one evening and put them along. We didn't do the whole bridge, we did both sides of it just over the river. "They were there for just under a week and then they were taken down.
. She said: "It's hurtful.
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"I understand that I didn't ask any permission from anyone but I didn't know that that is what you are supposed to do. It would have been nice if whoever has taken them down tried to find a way of contacting one of us and just say this is the process you have to follow. "Someone commented on one of the Facebook posts about them being taken down saying someone removed them and put them in the bin and I just find that hurtful. "It's completely different if you are putting things up advertising businesses and things like that but this is to try and help someone not get into that horrible place of despair. And you know the actions of my brother on that night sadly will affect a lot of people for a long long time. "And I just don't want anyone else have to go through that." Plans for more signs A close friend of the Kenny family is also the manager of a local football club who have decided to help fund raise to get more permanent signs put in place. Nicola said that on October 10 during the team's match day they won't be charging people to watch but instead will be encouraging and asking guests to donate to the funding for the new signs. A post on the Eynesbury United F.C Facebook page explains more. It says: "These labels where placed on a St Neots bridge after one of the clubs close friends brothers took his life.
"The labels were put on the bridge to inform those who are in a dark place that there is an alternative. The authorities have removed these labels.. labels that can save lives. "United will donate the money to produce the labels again and put back on the bridge. Please support Nicola Kenny and Hannah Robinson in this great initiative. An initative that could save lives!! Any initiative that saves a life MUST be supported by everyone!! "United will carry an advert in our match day programme for the Samaritans, and everyone at United and Rovers are there to talk if someone needs to talk...just don't go it alone." Anti-suicide messages were not removed by councils When the removal of the signs occurred there was a lot of speculation across social media as to who was behind them being taken down. Cambridgeshire County Council, St Neots Town Council and Huntingdonshire District Council have all since confirmed they did not remove the message cards tied to a bridge. It seems they have been removed by someone else, a member of the public not linked to any local authority.