Day 328

Today has been busy busy busy.
But good busy. At one level I feel I don’t have much energy.
At another, I can cycle to and back from work, I can work a full day, I can accommodate phone calls and e-mail with regard to suicide prevention work and organize events for the same purpose.

For the past few weeks I have been working on organizing and advertising a vigil that will be held at 6:00pm tomorrow, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. It will take place at the iconic Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park. Having never organized an event like this, I am clueless as to what to expect. I know some people will come. Three of my son’s friends will be singing. I have 50 waxless candles, as requested by the Park authorities. And I definitely have something to say.

Along with a journalist, I have been working on an article for the Daily Telegraph to be published tomorrow. She thanked me for being so open about sharing the story of my son. I feel that we really need to learn the lessons that arise from our stories. By sharing our stories we can increase our knowledge base. The same thing happening to another family is unthinkable for me and yet I know it is.

The thought that my son died for nothing is unacceptable. Should no good come out of it is unbearable. He is too precious for that, as are the many thousands of vulnerable people who are suffering alone.

The truth is – You are not alone.
We are all in this together.

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