Suicide is the biggest killer of those under 35 in the UK.
3 Dad’s Walking only learned this terrifying fact because their daughters took their own lives within the last 3 years. By raising awareness, they hope they can help prevent other families from being devastated by suicide.
Mike, Tim and Andy are three dads brought together after loosing their daughters to suicide. The 3 Dads walking believe there is hope and young people who have fallen out with life can be helped. They have committed to do what they can to prevent other families avoid the life-shattering trauma of losing a child to suicide.
The 3 Dads decided to do a challenge to raise awareness and break the stigma of suicide and also raise funds for PAPYRUS. They decided the challenge would be to walk between their respective homes, Andy in Penrith, Cumbria, Mike in Manchester and Tim in Kings Lynn in Norfolk making the walk a 300-mile route.
The 3 Dads set off on their journey on the 9th October, leaving Andy’s home and walking on average 20 miles a day, planning to reach Tim’s home, 15 days later on 23rd October.
The 3 Dads are walking 300 miles to raise money for Papyrus. Papyrus believes that many young suicides are preventable. They operate HopelineUK, a confidential call, text, and email helpline for young people with thoughts of suicide or those concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide.
Every £5 raised can help pay for a potentially lifesaving contact to HopelineUK from a young person wanting to stay safe from their thoughts of suicide.
Suicide affects us all. Encourage someone to talk before suicide seems their only option. Together we can help prevent suicide. Find out how at www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk
If you’re struggling to cope call Samaritans on 116 123
If you’re bereaved by suicide, you do not need to deal with your grief alone. Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can find the right support for you. Visit: www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk
Take the free 20 minute training to learn how to save a life: www.bit.ly/savealife20