Sadly, shortly before the 2nd UK lockdown, a guy we knew took his own life. He felt as if he was a failure for a long time and somehow felt this was the only option. He left his partner and 3 year old daughter. It came as a shock, especially as we had only seen him a few days prior. We started a fundraising campaign where half the money was used for mental health awareness charities and the other half as a trust fund for his daughter when she comes of age.
At the beginning of the 3rd lockdown, another guy who we knew - and was often in the gym, always smiling etc... sadly took his own life too. A fundraiser was done in his memory too.
An initiative was launched to actually get speaking about this, and believe it or not, over another 20 people came out saying that they were experiencing suicidal thoughts and didn't know what to do. It makes you think, how must someone feel if they think this is the only way out? A good friend of mine sent me something personal to him , a challenge coin from his military days - "Do Not Give In To The War Within" - this is to constantly remind him, me, and help others to realise this!
Now here's the scary thing that someone we helped has told us, directly from a mental health clinic - the most common group of people that needed the help were males aged between 27 and 35, and usually with a very active lifestyle that got impacted by the lockdowns.
There is a saying - "It's okay to not be okay" - but please actually understand this and know to apply it, and more importantly, get talking to someone you fully trust or even some sort of professional.
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