A huge thanks to Ela Stachow who is taking part in the City to Summit Challenge in Scotland on 2nd July to raise funds for the LTF – if we tell you that it involves a 13.1 mile run through Edinburgh followed by a 112 mile cycle to Ben Nevis and then a 26.2 mile run to the summit of Ben Nevis we think you’ll agree that she deserves our support! You can sponsor her here:
Would you like to raise funds for doctors at risk of suicide and help confront the stigma of mental ill health? The annual CLASP Walking out of Darkness 10 mile walks take place in Birmingham on 6th May, London on 13th May and Weston Super Mare on 24th June and we would love to be well represented at each event. Details of how to book your place on the walk can be found on the link below and you can easily set up a fundraising page for the LTF on the Every Click website.
We are delighted to be able to confirm that Baroness Finlay of Llandaff has kindly agreed to become the Patron of the LTF. Baroness Finlay is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine and a professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine.
She was made a life peer in 2001 and sits in the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher.
We’re proud to have officially launched the LTF with an event hosted by the Royal College of GPs on 19th October.
More than 50 guests were in attendance including leading figures from the medical world such as Dr Terry Kemple, President of the RCGP, David Wrigley, Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association and Sir Sam Everington, Chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, as well as representatives of doctors support groups and charities including Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive of Cruse and Anne Culley, Chair of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. Members of Louise Tebboth’s family were also present.
Guests heard speeches from Rev Dr Malcolm Torry, Chair of the LTF, Gary Marson, Louise’s husband and the founder of the charity, Lucy Warner, Chief Executive of the Practitioners Health Programme and Baroness Ilora Finlay,Professor of Palliative Medicine and past President of the Royal Society of Medicine. You can watch the highlights on the links below.
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The DSN is a fully confidential, friendly peer support group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychoses and eating disorders.
You can find out more about the DSN here.
We are delighted to announce that the LTF’s launch event has been confirmed for 7pm on Wednesday 19th October 2016 and will be kindly hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners at 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB. Speakers will include Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Louise’s husband Gary Marson, who established the charity in her honour, and its Chair, the Rev Dr Malcolm Torry. Light refreshments will be available.
If you represent an organisation with an interest in either the mental wellbeing of medical practitioners or families bereaved by the suicide of a doctor and would like to attend the event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Foundation’s application to the Charities Commission for charitable status was approved on 21st April 2016. As a consequence the LTF is now a registered charity (reference number 1166657)
Just Carry on Breathing is a powerful, raw, touching and insightful account of Louise’s husband Gary’s journey through the first year of widowhood. It follows Gary’s attempts to deal with his overwhelming grief, adjust to the daily realities of his loss, make sense of the tragedy of suicide and begin the task of rebuilding his life. An essential read for anybody who has lost their partner, particularly at a young age, or been bereaved by suicide, and for those who want to understand the experience of others in these positions, the book explores the universal emotions and issues facing widows and widowers and suicide survivors, including confusion, exhaustion, guilt, numbness and anger.
As the year progresses Gary touches on topics ranging from faith, remembrance, his changing sense of self, mental illness and the bravery of suicide to the practical aspects of bereavement such as the empty bed, the loss of sex, dealing with his wife’s possessions, holidaying alone and the impact on relationships with friends and family.
At its heart a story as much about love and hope as it is of grief and mourning, Just Carry on Breathing tenderly demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy and loss and, ultimately, holds open the possibility of adjustment, recovery and new life.
All Gary’s royalties will be donated to the LTF and the Widowed and Young Foundation.
Published by Bennion Kearney, the book is available to purchase here at a cost of £12.99 hard copy or £8.49 in e-book format.