Today I’d like to talk about something that is close to my heart, mental health and suicide.
My sister is my best friend. Not always, I think I could sometimes be bossy and mean as an older sister when I was younger! But as we’ve grown up, the closer we have become. Most days we talk. Sometimes just texting silly GIFS or talking politics, more often than we’d care to admit sharing ‘oh my goodness I can’t believe that just happened’ moments and on other days giving each other words of comfort/advice/motivation.
The long and short of it is I couldn’t live without her!
My sister has struggled with her mental health since she was a teenager, so when she came home from work one day and told us that a son of one of her colleagues had ended his life it affected me on a personal level. Not only could I see her emotion but I also couldn’t shake the thought that it could have been her. I still get a lump in my throat writing about this now.
A little while later my sister told me that the lady and her husband were doing some fundraising for PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, and could we donate some cupcakes, which we happily did.
Papyrus believes that many young suicides are preventable and that no young person should have to suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness. Also that nobody should have to go through the heartbreak of losing a young person to suicide.
They work to provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline HOPELINEUK. They also work to engage communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and deliver training programmes to individuals and groups.
The Little Yellow Patisserie will be hosting a PAPYRUS HOPEWALK on Saturday 6th October 2019.
If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide:
0800 068 41 41
Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm