Don’t Suffer in Silence
This guest post may be upsetting, mentions of depression and suicide.
Marcus Tisson is the founder of Don’t Suffer in Silence, a mental health awareness campaign with his childhood friend and co-founder Carly Balfourth. Marcus also teaches speech, language and literacy at a secondary school.
In his spare time, he films comedy sketches and host club events to raise funds for mental health charities. Marcus who has experience with mental health, shares his story about the loss of his parents and his campaign.
My mother tragically took her own life on the 21st August 2016, at Mile End Underground Station by throwing herself in front of a train after challenging years of depression. A month after this, my father passed away having suffered from mental health issues for pretty much all my adult life.
The heart-breaking news of my mother’s passing came as a major shock to my family and I, as it wasn't known to any of us that she was going through the nightmare of depression alone. Since my mother passed away, it has been brought to my attention that she was by no means the only person battling this alone and has inspired my campaign; Don't Suffer in Silence.
When I was younger, I never thought I’d lose both my parents at the age of thirty-seven, especially under those circumstances. But every cloud has a silver lining; this experience has made me realise that life’s too short and that no one knows what’s around the corner.
By raising mental health awareness, organising fundraisers and offering people advice on how to seek help, we aim to stop families from having to go through what mine have.
According to the Mental Health Foundation: " Each of us can play close attention to the overall mental health of our loved ones. An empathetic approach and being open to understanding suicide and suicidal ideation can help those at risk by letting them know it is okay for them to share."
You can contact your GP, Samaritans, go to the nearest hospital or call 999 - if you feel your love one or yourself are in danger.
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