Tea with the Changemakers

3 Dads Walking - Campaigning for suicide prevention, one step at a time

February 07, 2023 Social Change Season 1 Episode 39
Tea with the Changemakers
3 Dads Walking - Campaigning for suicide prevention, one step at a time
Show Notes

This episode contains conversations about and references to suicide.

This week on the podcast, we’re talking to Mike, Andy & Tim, the 3 Dads Walking. Coined ‘the club that no one wants to be part of’, the 3 dads all lost their daughters to suicide and have staged two country-spanning walks to support the charity, PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide), and to raise awareness of the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of under-35s in the UK.

Mike, Andy & Tim connected with each other in circumstances that no parent wants to find themselves in - losing a child. Beth (Mike’s daughter), Sophie (Andy’s daughter) and Emily (Tim’s daughter) took their own lives, and the 3 dads have channelled their immeasurable loss and grief into helping others.

By raising awareness, the dads have been able to ensure that conversation around admittedly difficult topics stays open and relevant in society. Most importantly, their efforts have helped to signpost where young people who are struggling can access support without feeling stigmatised.

PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for:

Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.

Call: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 07860 039 967

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Opening hours:

9am to midnight every day of the year.

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