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Exploring Grief Without Walls

We are the two Mams (Anni and Linda) whose sons died by suicide. This page is in memory of those sons Anthony and David. We hope our words will bring great comfort and hope to all grieving parents, families and friends. We hope that our sharing will highlight the need to talk about suicide and mental health.

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Anthony known as Ant

Who do you know and want to help? 

Ant was a handsome guy with fun and mischief as his middle names. He had such great compassion for his family, especially his sister Linz and his nephew H. He always offered help and latterly he struggled with psychosis. Mental health is often hidden by people and the suicide rate among men and younger children is rising. I want to use my educational background and my mental health coaching to change that.

Anni, Ant's Mum x

 

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David O'Neill

‘David was a very kind, caring and thoughtful young man. He had a great sense of humour and he loved to spend time with his family and friends. He loved to play football for his local team and he was also a massive supporter of Newcastle United Football club. David became physically unwell in early January 2021 and this heavily impacted upon his mental health, resulting in his suicide in late February 2021. I would like to use my lived-in knowledge and experience as a Grief Educator, to raise further awareness of mental health and suicide in men. 

Linda - David's Mam x

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How can you help to raise awareness?

This is Team Ant, me Ant's Mum and Linz, Ant's Sis,  who ran for CALM in the Manchester half marathon and I along with her hubby Scott,  Aunty Gail and her best friends Lou and Sarah also cheered her on. We are in the pic below.

When Linz and I found out about Ant's suicide it changed our lives forever. We are both determined to raise awareness of suicide in our own ways. We bring lightness and love to our new life path, sharing ideas about our grief, providing opportunities to heal, and to giving suicide a personal voice for greater understanding.

How were we helped?

Some of our best grief visitors came gently to visit. Not judging, not having expectations of us AND were really present in their listening. You too can be simply that comforting visitor. You can also read some of my blogs on how to help here: Blog | SimplyBeingCoached annipoole.com

Asking for Help 

Some contact details

CALM UK 

Campaign Against Living Miserably 

Tel: 0800 58 58 58

Samaritans UK

Tel : 116 123 or

email jo@samaritans.org

SHOUT

https://giveusashout.org/

Text : SHOUT 85258

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – Overcoming the isolation of people bereaved by suicide (uksobs.org)

Tel: 0300 111 5065

Helping Parents Heal (See UK affiliate group)

Helping Parents Heal

YOUNG MINDS

YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds

Tel: 0800 1111

Childline provides a confidential locker to make email or text requests from.

Papyrus

Tel: 0800 068 4141 

email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

 


 

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