It’s a weird sentence saying that really. We generally associate grief with the loss of someone (or something) that is no longer here, so their physical presence being gone from all existence.
For the past year, I have been working on the We Care Campaign, which has been developed in partnership with Samaritans, Govia Thameslink Railway, Metro Bank and Mental Health Advocates Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn.
The amazing Samaritans offer an invaluable listening service which helps sooooo many people. To show them and the world how fantastic they are, I am running a half-marathon in aid of them on 14th October 2018 🙂
I’ve had one of those months where I’ve been fortunate enough to have some really in-depth conversations with people and I’ve learnt sooooo much. It really reinforces to me not to take everything on face-value and that no one really knows what goes on in someone’s life truly, especially without having conversations.
It’s almost 2017’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) A day aiming to provide international awareness for action in preventing suicides.
Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide. For every person who dies by suicide, 25 more attempt to end their own lives.
Behind these heartbreaking figures is a story belonging to each and every individual who has at some point questioned their existence in the world.
I cannot count the number of conversations I have with people who try to tell me suicide is a sign of weakness! I challenge this perception until I’m blue in the face, even writing it down pains me.
People who die by suicide are not weak, they are ill!
It is very tiring to hear the word ‘weak’ in association with suicide. We don’t call people with other illnesses weak, yet people struggling with mental illness, suicidal feelings or people who take their own lives are. I’m honestly dumbfounded by this notion.