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The First Military Veteran Recorded Suicide: The whole story

I’m sitting here at 1 am, two days after my husband’s inquest has concluded and it’s like I am thrown back into my grief for his death all over again. It’s a sad fact that my situation will not be changed by sharing the truth, no matter how hard I scream, my situation will not change. I listened to 4 […]

Family Support and Early Intervention is Crucial

The advantage I have in making our story so public is that I have the honour of many other families reaching out to me to either share their story or ask for advice on how to either access support or treatment.#PTSD#CPTSD The foundations of any mental health support in the community is the family and those who are closest to […]

The After Effects of Suicide on Those Left Behind: Suicide Prevention

There is no getting away from it, suicide still carries a stigma for both the person and those left behind. Families are torn apart by suicide, everyone looks for someone to blame and sometimes that results in them turning inwardly upon themselves or on other members of their family or professionals. I have tried, very hard, to not do this. […]

Making A Difference Is Your Legacy

Over the past 10 months I have people tell me I’m brave or strong, but what does that really mean? You have no choice but to face things head on and if you feel that you have a voice to lend it to a cause that has directly affected you. I am not perfect, I do not know everything there […]

Anniversary Dates Can Mess With Your Mind

This is a blog post by Jo Jukes frrom Sep 14, 2019. It was updated on Nov 19, 2019. The Anniversary dates of the rapid decline in Dave’s mental health is upon me. Dates that will forever be emblazoned in my mind and psyche. For those affected by suicide, grief is complex:grief on its own is bad enough, but add […]

Regulation 28 Responses, First Anniversary and Armed Forces Memorial.

It’s the 1st anniversary and trying to just breathe and take each day as it comes. A lot has happened since my last post, so I will try to update things without making it too long winded. Firsts- they have a great significance in all our lives, our first kiss, our first childhood memories, the first steps your children walk. […]