.Young men and suicide. A loss you can’t imagine

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Some words flash
Like a nuclear bomb
At midnight

The Great Fogginzo's Cobweb

Thirty years ago today, our son David, took his own life. He’d be 51 today, if he’d lived, our lovely boy.

I’m reposting this blog from 2019 in his memory, and for all the other troubled children.



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1992. Only a few weeks after his twenty-first birthday,our son David died in a fall from the top floor of a high-rise block of flats behind the Merrion Centre in Leeds. I see it from the motorway every time I drive to Leeds .

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge.Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people…

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