World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September
10 September 2018
During July and August, Tickets for Good partnered with 'The Young People's Health and Wellbeing Fund', set up in memory of Molly Hurst who sadly choose to take her own life after struggling with mental health issues. Through their grief, Molly's family decided to work with South Yorkshire's Community Foundation to set up the fund in order to award grant funding to community organisations and charities supporting young people's mental health.
Working closely with the family, our team at Tickets for Good wanted to go a step further in our pledge to raise funds through the booking fees on our ticket sales; we contacted Molly's parents to arrange an interview to make a video that would help them spread awareness of their fund and what they hoped to achieve. This has been a deeply affecting journey and we hope that through our involvement we have been able to support the family in their goals.
People with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover. Molly's parents believe this may be the reason why Molly did not tell them that she had been prescribed antidepressants.
Taking the time to reach out to a friend who you haven't heard from in a while and not shying away from difficult topics and not being judgemental or dismissive to what they say, are two tips for supporting someone you're concerned about from Time to Change who aim to end mental health discrimination.
If you'd like to support Molly's family in their mission, check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ForMollyHurst
If you feel affected by the issues discussed in this article, and feel you need urgent support, the Samaritans provide a confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. Their phone number is: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)