Our lives have been temporarily turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. We are all taking unprecedented measures to protect our physical health and that of the wider public. It’s important that we follow the measures that have been put in place.
These are very challenging times indeed – and from the hoarding of scarce necessities to amazing acts of kindness and compassion, it feels like we have seen both the best and worst of people over the last few weeks.
None of us are immune from suicide. Thoughts of taking one’s own life, sadly affects any: age, gender, class, race and monetary standing.
Georgie attended one of Grassroots Suicide Prevention’s courses and was “blown away”. She blogs about her experience of our training and what she learnt.
I thought it would be nice to introduce myself as I am now working for Grassroots. My name is Drew and I work as a Project Support Officer.
We are always super grateful to all of our fundraisers because they enable us to do the work we do and are a great way of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.
Last week was mental health awareness week, online there has been lots of statistics flying backwards and forwards – people pushing mental health extra hard while others declare that this is what they do all the time.
Suicide, a subject which many are too afraid to discuss but is sadly becoming more and more common.
June 21st 2015 Father’s Day. A beautiful sunny day full of promise. Old friends arrive for lunch. We eat good food and drink wine.
For me, a turning point was when I realised that the secret that I had held so buried and precious for so long, had slowly reached the place where I now both wanted and needed to acknowledge and talk about it.
For some reason, people think you can’t talk about suicide unless you’ve felt suicidal. Similarly, there is huge misconception (quite often) that if anyone speaks about suicide, they themselves are suicidal…
Suicide wasn’t something I’d been directly exposed to until a close friend of mine told me he’d tried to take his own life.