Alex knows the importance of opening up, after getting through some low points in his life. He signed up to the Lost Hours Walk to meet others who are passionate about uniting against suicide, and to show that there’s always something worth living for.
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. Alex is taking on 20 miles this October to stand up and show that getting through low points is possible.
“Having been through tough times myself, I’ve found ways to cope. In the moment it can feel awful and overwhelming, so I really want to stand up and be someone who represents hope. I want to send out the message that there is always hope, because those messages helped me.”
For Alex, the night time walk is particularly poignant, as a walk around the streets of London was a coping strategy he often used to find headspace. While he enjoyed the much needed alone time, looking back, he also craved someone to talk to.
“If I was experiencing difficult, intense emotions and couldn’t sleep, I’d go for a walk. I often headed towards the Thames where there’s space. There was always a part of me that thought it would be great to meet someone else walking for the same reason and we could connect and empathise with each other’s situation.”
Alex strongly believes that connecting with other people was key in finding his coping mechanisms, and he wants to do all he can to encourage people not to suffer in silence.
“I don’t want people to feel alone. What always got me down was that I felt like I was the only person with these feelings but as soon as I connected with other people it put things into perspective and I felt better.
“The worst thing is when people are in isolation and suffering on their own. It can be difficult to reach out, but it really can make a difference. Everyone is different, and everyone needs different things at different times, but at the core of it all is human connection. We need people to stand up and say ‘Yes, I struggle too but we can get through this.’”
“This walk represents what I needed during those difficult times. I keep picturing me wandering the streets of London in the past, and to think of replicating that with others, gives me a great sense of hope and togetherness.”
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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