Turning Pain Into Power

Chris … From that day on …

Chris is a survivor of attempted suicide and he opened up to me in the hope of raising vital insight and awareness through photojournalism.
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At Street Life People Group we are determined to raise awareness on mental health (root causes) and suicide prevention through our powerful corporate campaigns and in turn raise investment for our National Dedicated Research and Prevention Centres.
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Having no prior history of suicidal thoughts, Chris woke up on what he described as one beautiful morning in May 2007, and decided today was the day he didn’t want to be here anymore.
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At that time having been recently diagnosed with MS, he had found himself descending into darkness. Long hours in the hospitality industry and his then marriage failing, Chris recognised in hindsight his anxiety and stress lead to depression.
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Sadly Chris made an attempt to end his life, by unsuccessfully attempting to throw himself under a moving truck.
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Chris survived by pulling back at the last moment, bruised and traumatised having no compassion for himself, only for the lorry driver. The thought of the impact of his attempt on the lorry driver saved his life.
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He recognised he needed help and drove straight to his GP and was sectioned.
Realising he had hit rock bottom, he successfully sought help through counselling.
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We both gained a vital insight into what went through his mind on that day in 2007, and by opening up and knowing it’s ok to talk about how you feel, we hope so many more lives can be saved in the future.
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Suicide rates are continuing to rise in England and Wales, data published by The Office For National Statistics showed that sadly 5691 suicides were registered in 2019,
among men and boys the age group with the highest suicide rate was 45 to 49 years.
(Chris was within this age group when he attempted to take his life).
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We want to pioneer a different approach to suicide prevention, and with corporate investment this is more than achievable.

Contact me by email to see how you can become a part of that journey with us
ceo@streetlifepeople.com