After confronting his own suicidal thoughts during a low point in his life, Richard began working to raise awareness and encourage conversation around suicide. He’s been involved in mental wellbeing conversations ever since – including CALM’s biggest ever campaign Project84.
On October 26th, CALM is uniting against suicide at the Lost Hours Walk. It’s a chance to deal with grief differently and defiantly by taking up space, talking about loss, and supporting each other through life’s tough times. This October, Richard is taking on the Lost Hours Walk as a way to symbolise how far he’s come.
“I’ve done so much stuff to raise awareness and that’s still part of the reason I’d like to do this, but this is more for me; to do it myself. This is the one thing I want to do to mark what I’ve been through. I want to acknowledge that. The Lost Hours Walk is my own, quiet way of dealing with it.
While Richard has personal motivations for taking on the challenge, he’s also looking forward to walking forward with hundreds of others who are passionate about making change.
“You’re all working to achieve one goal but you’re all coming at it from different motivations. I think that’s what is so nice. When I was working on Project 84, it was so heartbreaking, but also inspiring to see and hear so many different stories. We’re all working towards the same thing. I think it’s really important to acknowledge the fact that we’re just as fragile and in need of care and love and support as everyone else.
Talking is important, and Richard wants to let people know that it really can help.
You have to acknowledge that things are crap and just talk to someone. My nan used to say ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and it’s so so true. Even if there is no solution, talking still gets rid of some of that pressure. That’s why the CALM phone line exists. Talking to someone helps, even if there isn’t a solution. It takes it out of your head, makes it go into the world and gives you a different perspective.
The free and anonymous CALM webchat and helpline services are open every night from 5pm until midnight. £8 funds one call on the helpline, which prevented 675 lives last year alone. Supporting the Lost Hours Walk helps to keep CALM’s services running – July’s London 10k raised enough to fund an entire hotline seat for a year.
Whether you’re signing up for the Lost Hours Walk alone or with friends, family and colleagues, you’ll find hundreds of others to walk alongside – all of whom are passionate about making a change.
“I made a friend for life during Project84. It is that kind of thing that opens up a bond and a connection with someone. The commonality is CALM, wherever you’ve come from, you can go from there.”
Join us this October to unite against suicide. We’ll be walking side by side, shoulder to shoulder, to campaign against feeling rubbish, against struggling in silence, against being alone, against living miserably.
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