On Saturday 8 September, a group of people are coming together in remembrance of their friend and family member, Dan Jennings, whom they lost to suicide 4 years ago. They will be walking The Ullswater Way, a 20-mile trail around Lake Ullswater. The group was primarily formed by Dan’s sister, Amanda and her friend, Caroline. The aim is to spread awareness about mental health, as well as raise funds and awareness for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria and Prevention of Young Suicide (PAPYRUS). The walk will take place two days before World Suicide Prevention Day 2018.
Each year, more than 6,000 people take their own lives across the UK: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is a national charity which works to provide emotional support to those who have been left behind. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month, with groups in North, South and West Cumbria. They also have a local 24/7 helpline.
PAPYRUS exists to prevent young suicide and provides support and advice to young people, or those worried about a young person. They run a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals.
Amanda hopes to make more people aware of the effects of mental health. “The idea is to get the word out there: it’s okay to not be okay, and to raise awareness for mental health.”.
Support the group:
Amanda and the team are aiming to raise £1000 for the charities; the funds raised will go to SOBS Cumbria and Papyrus. The group is inviting others to join them in walking around Ullswater; if you would like to join them, please call 01900 269840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to support Amanda’s fundraising campaign, visit her Virgin Money Giving page. Alternatively, you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 directly to SOBS Cumbria by texting 'SOBS00 £[insert amount]' to 70070; you can choose a different method of donation here.
Support for people touched by suicide
If you are struggling with the death of someone who has taken their own life and need someone to listen to your experience and offer you support, please do get in touch. You can call the SOBS Cumbria 24/7 helpline on 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan). You can also email us at email@example.com, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria