84 British men commit suicide every week: Beth Campagna, founder of Mama Life London, opens up about her father, John, who took his own life in 2011
‘I heard if they talk about suicide they won’t do it.’ said a concerned friend of mine after her friend confided that he’d been having suicidal thoughts. This of course is a dangerous myth, a myth that I wish was true.
The nights started drawing in. The days got shorter, the darkness grew longer. Sleep was still a massive issue for me. A lot of times I would put it down to my son and some of it was, but a lot of it was my mind keeping me up. I was Googling Sudden Infant Death Syndrome frequently in the middle of the night. Totally paranoid that my son wasn't safe.
It’s impossible to describe how it feels to lose a parent. When you hear of other people’s losses, you have an idea in your head of what it might feel like. You imagine more often than not that initial sickening, explosive feeling when you find out they have gone. But nothing can prepare you for finding a way to cope with the longevity of losing someone who, from birth, has played such an enormous part in your life.