Anybody who has been affected by suicide

By Sally Braybrooks

Sally's Support Crew - let's join together and spread awareness

Many of us have personally been affected by suicide and serious mental illness but few of us talk about it. It's no secret that I've faced some serious mental health challenges over the years and it's something that I work on each and every day with the tremendous support of family, friends and a great medical team. Let me take a moment to thank all of you!

Over 15 years ago (while outwardly excelling at life - I went on to be awarded the University Medal) I experienced a major depressive episode and my life was saved by some quick thinking friends. I've was given a second chance at life and now it's my turn to share my story, encourage others to get help when they need it and to strip away the stigma of openly discussing mental health issues so they don't become a mental health crisis. 

Friday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day. On Friday, please take a moment to go outside (following all appropriate COVID restrictions), take a walk and show your support. Even though we can't get together, you can walk around the garden, do the Bay Run (says me never haha!) or simply walk around your local park and see which flowers have started to bloom. Take the time to reflect and check in with yourself and your loved ones - this year more than ever, COVID has presented us all with a myriad of additional challenges and, for many, feelings of isolation.

I've come to believe that 'secrets make you sick'. Let's make it ok to talk about mental illness just like we talk about a broken leg or a heart condition. Let's talk about a challenge before it become a crisis. Let's make it ok to talk with your friends, with your family and with your workplace. Ultimately you never know who is truly suffering - let's try and spread the message that it's ok to talk, that everybody can get help (through fantastic organisations like Lifeline), that nobody is alone, and that no problem is insurmountable.

Follow @LifelineAustralia on FB and Insta and use the hashtag #outoftheshadows to post any pictures from your walk or thoughts and reflections you have on the day. You can also email them to me at my gmail address. Over the weekend I will put all the photos and posts together and share them with you all. You can also visit www.outoftheshadows.org.au for more information.

I'm keeping the circle of people invited to this page quite small. Each year I hope to grow the circle and  one day I would love to do some larger-scale work like be an RUOK? ambassador. 

Please consider making a donation to Lifeline - they are a terrific organisation that does amazing work. You'll find the donation button on this page. 

Love Sally
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Thank you to my Supporters

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Michael Paul Braybrooks

It is a pleasure to donate in recognition of the progress made

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Julia Bart & Franklin

Well done Sal! Lots of love

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Sally Braybrooks

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Fi

Proud of you for starting the conversation! Let’s keep that conversation going! ❤️

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Sanam

Thank you for being brave in sharing your story. Great cause and amazing way to spread awareness. Lots of Aroha xxoo

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Neal Srivastava

Hi Sally - We miss you! Thank you for being a leading voice for such an important cause! - Neal, Shweta, Layla and Saajan

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Karina

Well done Sally - such an important message and cause. Love your openness and love you - Karina :)

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Jason

It’s an important conversation to have!

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Danielle

Thank you for sharing your story with me Sally, you encourage me to be brave. X

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Chloe Roberts

I’m proud of us Sally, for how far we’ve come! Thank you for asking me to be part of this opportunity to support an incredible service for those in need. Lots of love ❤️

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Steph

Such an important topic to be open about, especially with today’s current climate. So proud of your for sharing your story. Love what you’re doing and love you 💜

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Anonymous

Incredibly brave and thank you for sharing your story. These conversations and initiatives are so important and thank you for bringing it to life.