I was recently asked to speak for 10 minutes at the “Choose Life” conference held in Kirkcaldy. I was very humbled by many of the speakers and the work they are continuing to do, day in, day out! It really is amazing to see individuals turn their trauma into something that helps other people. And it is not done with ease – it is done often through a lot of pain and suffering. But, it often get right to the heart of matters because it is coming from a place of experience. Many of the organizations provide support at the most crucial moments in a person’s life – so is invaluable!!
We used the video on “Suicide of a Family Member” and it certainly held the audience in suspense as they listened to 5 minutes of painful raw emotions, but also a message of courage from Jackie Easton of Curly Star Dream Foundation . She has used the trauma of losing her daughter to set up a service which supports other families facing suicide of a family member.
This photo was taken at the conference while the video was being shown.
For many people suicide is a word they don’t even want to utter, but it is a sad fact of daily life. Statistics show there were 6,581 suicides in the Uk and Republic of Ireland in 2014 showing that many families and friends will be affected. Even if you feel this is not something you have had to deal with, please share the information about the video whenever you can – because you might not even know which one of your friends or family who may need it.