Gillian Smith is a Scottish author and mental health advocate, who found her own recovery through writing about her experience with suicidal thoughts and mental illness. Gillian is a supporter of Grassroots and believes in the importance of open and honest discourse in making those around us feel comfortable in sharing their own stories.
This year, you have proved again how important you are.
When lockdown began, we knew things would be different. To keep people safe from suicide, we would have to adapt our work. So we turned to you, our supporters.
You helped us get to grips with our first ever webinars. You influenced a major upgrade of the StayAlive app. You ran virtual fundraising events and joined our online campaigns.
And together, we made a difference.
Ben Raemers’ passion for life and skating was contagious, matched only by his skill. At 13, he petitioned his local council to build a skatepark. At 18, he was competing professionally and grabbing attention from the biggest skate brands in the world. At 25, he won ‘King of the Road’, one of the toughest skatebording comps in America.
Raquel is a Grassroots Suicide Prevention supporter and fundraiser who has appeared in our blog before. She is always keen to support us and to spread the message of suicide prevention far and wide. She set herself the challenge of fundraising for us through an amazing 40 events in a year!
In September, our friend and supporter Natty will be cycling solo from Brighton 2000 miles around the UK. Find out about his challenge and what it means to him.
Our lives have been temporarily turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. We are all taking unprecedented measures to protect our physical health and that of the wider public. It’s important that we follow the measures that have been put in place.
These are very challenging times indeed – and from the hoarding of scarce necessities to amazing acts of kindness and compassion, it feels like we have seen both the best and worst of people over the last few weeks.
None of us are immune from suicide. Thoughts of taking one’s own life, sadly affects any: age, gender, class, race and monetary standing.
Georgie attended one of Grassroots Suicide Prevention’s courses and was “blown away”. She blogs about her experience of our training and what she learnt.
I thought it would be nice to introduce myself as I am now working for Grassroots. My name is Drew and I work as a Project Support Officer.
We are always super grateful to all of our fundraisers because they enable us to do the work we do and are a great way of spreading awareness for suicide prevention.
Last week was mental health awareness week, online there has been lots of statistics flying backwards and forwards – people pushing mental health extra hard while others declare that this is what they do all the time.