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£1,255
raised of £500 target by 56 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,255 to Help fund a local Suicide Grief Support Group

    Stockton on Tees
    Funded on Saturday, 21st December 2019

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    Story

    As most of my friends on here know, I lost my brother Pete to suicide 2 years ago this coming April 9th. This was such a sad and hard thing for all of us, his friends and family, to go through. Since Pete’s death I have worked closely with local NHS trusts to change policies and procedures in a bid to try and learn from what happened. Small things could have made a big difference and I don’t want that knowledge to be wasted.

    Now I want to try and change things for those left behind.

    After Pete died we all pulled together as much as possible to try and cope but we were all grieving the same person in different ways - there is no respite. I needed somewhere to go and vent my emotions, ask the questions, that really, would upset those around me if I asked and to see if what I was feeling was ‘normal‘. There is a fear of asking in case you cause upset. The questions a person may have around grief are different depending on the person and the circumstances of the death. There are support groups for so many types of grief but the very nature of suicide means that this is still very taboo. Even with all the awareness going on, which is great, the aftermath is still ignored!

    What is very apparent is that the North East of England, specifically around Teesside and North Yorkshire, have no support groups for those who have lost a loved one through suicide or been impacted by suicide. In the year that Pete died there were 4,575 deaths by suicide in the UK according to a government stats table I have found, 244 in our region. The nearest support group for anybody who is connected to these 244 people is either Newcastle, York or Wakefield. When you are grief stricken, lost or just totally out of your depth, this is too far.

    One paper I have read has suggested that for every individual who dies through suicide at least 6 people are directly impacted. 1,464 people minimum in this region per year.... that’s too many with nowhere to go.

    Here are some more frightening stats.... people who have lost through suicide are 1.6 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, 2.9 times more likely to have a plan for suicide, and 3.7 times more likely to have made a suicide attempt themselves.

    I want to change this. I am not suggesting I can help all these people but I want to try and offer something that right now is not available. I want to set up a support group locally. I have the premises, I have the backing of the local authorities and I have the time to try and facilitate a support group. I just don’t have the money.... this is where I come cap in hand to you. I need £500 to get this off the ground. This should keep the group running for 12 months. Once I prove it is of benefit I think I can get funding formally to keep it going and start more groups so that more people can support one another. If you have even a spare £1 it would really help.

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    • Michelle Pickering1 year ago
      Michelle Pickering

      Michelle Pickering

      1 year ago

      So I have held my first meeting and now finally got a bit of media coverage! Thanks for the ongoing support you lovely people!!! https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/nothing-pete-committed-suicide-needs-16077527

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    • Michelle Pickering2 years ago
      Michelle Pickering

      Michelle Pickering

      2 years ago

      I have business cards arriving!!! I am presenting tomorrow at an event focusing on supporting families who are going through a serious investigation process. All the coroners office inquest support workers will have a copy of the business card to give to any grieving families. I’m also going to send out to the local funeral service providers. I am trying to get a bit of media coverage with the local gazette, can anybody help? My first meeting will be at the end of this month! Thanks again for all your support! You helped make this happen.

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    • Michelle Pickering2 years ago
      Michelle Pickering

      Michelle Pickering

      2 years ago

      I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to. I have got a domain name set up and next is to organise some business cards. These are for me to leave at various places where people may need them. Doctors Surgeries, police, hospitals etc... I’m doing a presentation at a mental health conference in the 8th March so hoping to raise some awareness there. Trying to get info in to the local nhs grief support brochure next. Anybody has any more ideas then let me know.

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    2 years ago

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    Supporters

    56

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 23, 2019

      in memory of my Jennie

      £250.00

    • annabelle killick

      annabelle killick

      Apr 7, 2019

      £10.00

    • Michael Dunn

      Michael Dunn

      Mar 7, 2019

      Good luck Michelle. You’re doing great!

      £35.00

    • Christopher Dunn

      Christopher Dunn

      Mar 7, 2019

      Good luck Michelle, a beautiful way to remember Pete. Love you both x

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 11, 2019

      What you're doing is Totes Amazeballs Much Love xx

    • Marie Haddock

      Marie Haddock

      Jan 25, 2019

      £10.00

    • Jane Moffat

      Jane Moffat

      Jan 25, 2019

      You are amazing, this is amazing xx

      £50.00

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