What is the Face of Suicide
Having lost our 19yr old son recently to a horrific suicide our life has been changed beyond all recognition and we are no longer the people we once were. This web site has been set up for those like us who have been directly affected by, or are having thoughts about suicide. The site is here to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts understand just how it will affect those left behind and how the pain simply gets passed on like a ripple affect.
The aim of this site is to give a visual side to suicide one that is hard hitting yet easy to understand in a photograph. The eyes of a person tell’s us more about their reality than any words can. Survivors want to tell their story and want people to understand them but are often to scared of what others may think. This site is way for survivors to remember their loved one, talk about their feelings, give advice on what support they are getting (if any) and help others understand just how it is facing each day.
Many of us affected by suicide hide behind a mask, a smile, a “i’m Ok” attitude in order to not upset others or face the stigma associated with suicide, sometimes feeling embarrassed. This is something that needs to be kicked out if we are to truly understand and get a grip of these needless deaths.
As parents who have lost our son and met many others like us through SOBS or Child Bereavement groups we know only too well the after affects, we hope this site will help show what is really behind those brave faces and give a true insight into how suicide affects friends and family. This site is not to glorify suicide or to create a portal of stories and images it is here to help prevent.
We hope to take a different approach into support and as photographers we know just how powerful an image can be, thus we are offering our time to help others without reward. What we want to do is give survivors the opportunity to show their grief and tell their real story in a way that can be understood when all guards are down.
We don’t feel people should hide behind a mask living in fear that they might be judged. We want to show others that ending their life is not the way forward, families will not be better off without them. We want those who are suffering dark thoughts know that those left behind will carry their pain with devastating affects. The aim is to save lives and prevent suicide numbers rising in a hard hitting visual way. By telling your story and showing your real feelings in an image you will show others that they are not alone.
To arrange a totally free photograph either in our Milton Keynes studio or at a SOBS meeting then please do get in touch. We will help you achieve the best image without pressures of creating it yourself. The hard part is taking part, but by taking part your are not only helping others you are also self healing.