Drawing on the experiences of people who have gone through the trauma of a suicide can help us cope if we are ever faced with a similar situation.

The tragic after-affects of suicide has an influence on all of us.

The death of a loved-one, family member, friend, colleague or casual acquaintance through suicide has repercussions on our future lives.

English poet, lawyer and cleric, John Donne, summed this up when he wrote: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind.”

True-life stories are an important tool in helping dispel the misinformation surrounding suicides and mental health.

White Wreath Association receives many suicide stories written by people telling their personal experiences about loved ones who have suicided.

If you would like to share your experiences of your efforts to receive help for loved ones contemplating suicide and what you went through after they suicided, please forward brief scenarios we can share with others.

The scenarios, not more than an A4 page, may be placed in our newsletter and website under personal stories.

Your experiences may help others recognise the early signs of suicide intentions being exhibited by their loved ones, friends and colleagues.

Fanita Clark