World Suicide Prevention Day

1st September 2014

With world suicide prevention day approaching, this is the personal experience of Dorothy Cook who is a member of the diocesan Board of Faith and Justice:

"I first met Joan a few years ago when we started a new job together.  It seemed we had a lot in common, both had three grown up sons of which we were very proud.   The one difference was that Joan was grieving because one of her boys had recently committed suicide.  In fact that was why she had taken this job, to keep herself busy and occupied.  The after effects were devastating; it seems that Tony had said his “Goodbyes” at one of Joan’s regular family barbeques on a lovely sunny day when everyone else thought they were having a good time."

"No more such family gatherings, as the two remaining sons made sure they did not visit their mother at the same time as they did not want to draw attention to the empty chair. Joan had known there was something wrong but no one else agreed with her."

Dorothy has seen the pain and devastation caused by suicide at first hand and is keen to make people in our churches aware of this important subject and point them to where they can get help.

For further information please check out the International Association of Suicide Prevention website (IASP) at www.iasp.info/wspd/

Telephone advice and support can be obtained from:

  • 'Silverline' CALL ANYTIME on 0800 470 80 90. The only free confidential helpline providing information friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day every day of the year.
  • 'Child Line' 0800 1111.
  • 'Samaritans' free line 116123.

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