QEH chief executive shares personal tragedy to urge awareness of suicide prevention
The chief executive of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has spoken publicly about her own tragedy in an effort to get more people to recognise mental health issues.
To tie in with World Suicide Prevention Day last Thursday, Caroline Shaw released a short video on Twitter talking about the death of her father.
The poignancy was enhanced by it also being the 16th birthday of his grandaughter.
Mrs Shaw said: "We have experienced, in our family, suicide and the effect to myself and my children.
"My daughter has never seen her grandfather because he committed suicide before she was born.
"If I had only known, or if we'd had support and help with my dad and his illness, perhaps today he would be with my family celebrating my daughter's birthday."
Mrs Shaw added: "I beg everyone to support and help friends and family to have awareness and to reach out to the services that help individuals.
"It might be a call, a text, a hug but, actually, if I've had known what I know now and with help, perhaps tonight I might've seen my father with my daughter to celebrate her birthday."
She urged people to think about the message and how people can help those they "love, work with or see in the street".
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