We were watching TV when we heard a loud knock on the door. We were met by the police who were stood in the doorway. Our world was about to collapse. "Your dad Bob, has taken his own life."
It's hard to remember exactly what happened next. We were all in shock trying to make sense of what had just happened.
Bob was a husband, a dad, a brother and an uncle. He was a lovely family man, polite, honest, and cared for his family.
Bob was my dad, my best friend he was always playing jokes on me and messing about. My Dad was my friend he was a genuine guy always had time for other people and a bit of joker.
Since we lost my Dad. I still wake every day wondering how this could have been possible. Could things have been different? How can we prevent this was there any signs? My dad was 51 when he took his life. He wasn't lonely he had plenty of friends everyone loved him Nobody knew he was feeling like this. We hear it so many times, loveable chap, he was a joker, always smiling, and a mans man. Sometimes these are the signs if only we asked if he was ok. He may have been able to speak more openly with his friends. He may have asked for help earlier. I am certain that he would have felt less alone. Perhaps it could have saved his life!
Suicide is preventable
In a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, 83% of participants felt conscious of the stigma associated with mental illness and had difficulty seeking help. Only 54% of participants had discussed their suicidal thoughts with their family, peers, and/or spouses.
Our society does a good job of saddling suicide with stigma. In an effort to make sense of it, perhaps we label the person who ended his or her life. He was selfish. She was crazy. They took the easy way out. These sorts of things couldn't happen to us. Statistics say otherwise.
"We are speaking up in an effort to educate, raise awareness and reduce stigma about suicide,
Enroll on our suicide awareness course and gain the skills to save a life. Click the link below .
Suicide Awareness Training
A more in depth suicide awareness training session. In under 30 minutes, the training aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. This training also works towards the wider aim of breaking down the stigma surrounding suicide by encouraging open conversations about it
Chrysalis believe that we can breakdown the stigma of men's Mental health by talking and Awareness days Below is our training link become a suicide first aider.
Please join me and do something amazing in your loved one’s memory by taking part in are walk united against suicide.
Wherever you are, and whether you’ve lost someone to suicide, struggled with your own mental wellbeing. Walk your way to help raise vitals funds. Sign up chose your distance,
Walk united against men's suicide
Pick your route and how many miles you want to walk sign up and use justgiving.
09:00 – 17:00
We took our Awareness day to Cottingham Hull
Out taking to the public about men's suicide
Its our last awareness day of the year and we are in our home town of Selby