When mum of six, Indila, lost her son Adam to suicide, her life was turned upside down. Three years on, she’s determined to show that the signs aren’t always visible when someone’s struggling. She’s part of CALM’s The Last Photo campaign, hoping to raise awareness in Adam’s memory. We spoke with Indila to hear more.
Adam’s photo is one of many in The Last Photo - an exhibition lining the South Bank in London with the last photos of people who later took their own lives. Each photo shines a light on the stories behind each smile, showing that suicidal doesn’t always look suicidal.
For Indila, the campaign was a chance to tell Adam’s story and stop other people from feeling the same way.
“Our family is very close to each other and, as you can imagine with six children, we had a very busy life. We felt like a very average family, so when Adam took his own life three years ago, it devastated us.”
Adam was 18 when he took his own life, and like so many, he showed no signs that he was struggling with suicidal thoughts. For his family, the shock of losing a loved one to suicide has been incredibly hard to come to terms with. It’s also what compelled Indila to campaign for suicide prevention:
“I used to live in a bubble where I believed this sort of thing wouldn’t touch me. By the time it did, it was too late. I was completely unaware and had no tools to help Adam when he was in need of help. It’s immensely important and this campaign is a great way to raise awareness.”