I will be doing a skydive for the charity I volunteer for - SOS (Silence of Suicide). The event will take place in an airfield in Oxfordshire, on the 1st May.
According to the Office for National Statistics the number of adults in the UK experiencing some form of depression has doubled during the pandemic. SOS Silence of Suicide have seen the number of incoming calls to them grow by 670 per cent since August last year. This is why now is the most important time to raise awareness for the stigma for mental illness and suicide. There are many people everywhere, all over the world, that feel like they can't speak out, and sometimes the consequences can be tragic. By listening and speaking out, by helping people in need and encouraging people to talk, it helps us create a conversation with them, and reduce deaths by suicide.
SOS Silence of Suicide is a small charity founded in 2015 by high profile barrister Michael Mansfield QC and his wife Yvette Greenway-Mansfield after the death of Michael’s daughter Anna by suicide. On May 1st, the sixth anniversary of Anna’s death, the charity is holding a fundraising skydive at an airfield in Oxfordshire.
On a personal note: I lost my friend Chris to suicide. It still affects me today and I wish I could have helped, I wish I could go back in time and change it, but unfortunately I can't.
But, I can do everything in my power to help other people who may have felt like he did in that time, I can listen to people and talk to people who feel like they have nowhere left to go. I can be compassionate and understanding of people, giving them a safe space with no judgements, allowing them to vent and air out their problems.
In some ways, the skydive is a symbol, it's a symbol of taking the first step, for people who are struggling, to encourage them to seek help, to take that leap of faith.
Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit SOS Silence of Suicide, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
More information about SOS Silence of Suicide: Having held charitable status since 2017, SOS Silence of Suicide provides a safe, group speaking platform for people for anyone affected by suicide and mental health challenges. We hold public and closed sessions and have worked with retailers, Government Departments and Universities to name but a few. Our sessions are completely free to the service users and we encourage open discussion, support networking and signposting.https://sossilenceofsuicide.org/
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