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Real stories

Real stories

These are real stories from people who have been impacted by our life-saving work. By sharing their personal stories, they want to help others and end the stigma and shame surrounding suicide.

If you would like to share your story with us, please get in touch below.

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Ian's story

Ian Stringer, BBC Sports Commentator, shares his story of how our Stay Alive app helped to keep him safe. 

He talks about our life-saving, award-winning app and how the features inside help to organise his thoughts, clear his head and give him solid, accessible lists of activities he enjoys, friends and family he can call and photos he can look at. 

Stay Alive has been downloaded over 500,000 times since its release by people with suicidal thoughts and people worried about others. 

Find help now if you are in a crisis, find out more about the app or look at our resources below. 

Danielle's story

Danielle, Miss Brighton 2021-22, talks about her feelings around suicide and being afraid to speak about them at first. 

She shares from her personal experience, what risk factors and warning signs to be aware of and how to start that life-saving conversation. 

The Understanding Suicide Hub has lots of information to help you understand suicide better and know what to look for so that people like Danielle can be better supported when they need it the most. 

Our interactive film, Real Talk, explores these topics and offers real practice at having difficult conversations. You can explore both resources below. 

Steph's story

Steph shares her story of recovery from suicidal thoughts and how our Stay Alive app helped her.

Steph’s experience is similar to what a lot of people with suicidal thoughts go through. Feeling like nobody understands is very isolating, but our Stay Alive app has been designed by people with lived experience of those thoughts and feelings. Our app provides all the things a person might need to see, hear and be reminded of in times of crisis. 

Explore the Stay Alive app or find out more about suicide and how you can understand it better. 

Laura's story

Laura talks about why she fundraises to support our work after losing her sister-in-law to suicide. 

Situations like Laura’s highlight the wider impact of a death by suicide. For every person who dies by suicide, it is estimated that 135 more are affected. 

Running to raise funds is something that many of our supporters do. Like Laura says, the experience of a suicide in the family is very sad and we are honoured that she and many others like her are choosing to help us raise awareness and save more lives from suicide in the future. 

More support and information about the topics in Laura’s story is available below. 

Did you know 1 in 5 people will have suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives?

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