There are so many terrible headlines at the moment about violence and murder, not just in London but across the country.
What they don’t really show is the impact of these crimes on extended families and friends. Loosing someone you know by a murder is devastating, even if it’s an acquaintance. It is so much worse for the families and loved ones.
How do you explain it to children and young people. How do you support them through the ongoing process of trying to make sense of something so senseless? How do you support them when you need support yourself?
There is a fantastic organisation, Winstons Wish which supports bereaved children and their families. They also have a whole section dedicated to resources when the bereavement is due to murder or manslaughter.
I came across this very interesting article about the frequently used statistic that one on four of us have issues with mental health.
We get so caught up in categorising mental health issues that we sometimes forget that we all have mental health. At times for some of us it it robust and resilient and for others it isn’t and needs support.
We are all impacted by the human condition and events that can cause us distress. There shouldn’t be stigma in needing support at such times.