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Post  cyprussyd on 2020-02-15, 6:48 pm

Ex-Love Island host Caroline Flack has been found dead in her London flat aged 40.
The Sun claims that she took her own life.
She was due to face trial in March over allegations that she had assaulted her boyfriend, which she denied.
A family statement read: "We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today on the 15th February.
"We would ask that the press both respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time."
Flack's last Instagram post came on Friday, a day before her death – and showed her giving her pet dog Ruby a kiss.
A day earlier she wrote: "I'm going to speak today... mine and my family's life is no longer up for entertainment or gossip."
But a source said she wrote the post "without thinking" and changed her mind.
ITV presenter Eamonn Holmes said in a tweet he was "shocked beyond belief".
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield paid tribute on Instagram. He wrote: "You poor darling girl my heart is breaking #BeKind".
Davina McCall also responded to the tragedy.
She tweeted: "I'm so so sad to hear about @carolineflack1.
"I don't even know what to say. But my heart goes out to her friends and family x I might be a bit quiet tonight on social media .. just doesn't seem right."

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Post  canary-dave on 2020-02-15, 7:23 pm

That is so sad, someone you think has everything, you just don't know. 

I think the spat with her boyfriend was a storm in a tea cup but obviously upset her!  Sad

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2020-02-15, 10:24 pm

Everyone and I MEAN everyone, PLEASE reach out to someone you've not spoken to in a while to just say HI, without any strings attached, it's all it takes. 

It is Sunday after all, so as Gran would say, don't mow your lawns or put the washing out  I love you

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Post  cyprussyd on 2020-02-16, 9:04 am

I know I may go on a bit about the BLC but they deserve so much credit IMO for the match day hub and mental health initiative,..

Today a very special mental health service for football fans was launched by Sunderland AFC supporters group the Branch Liaison Council, the club’s official charity Foundation of Light, and local charity Washington Mind.
Opened by SAFC legends Kieron Brady, Kevin Ball and Gary Bennett, as well as BBC Radio Newcastle commentator Nick Barnes, the Hub is the first of its kind in the country and offers anyone who is experiencing difficult times a place to go for support and advice.
Based at the Beacon of Light on Stadium Park, the Hub will be open from 1145 to 1445 before every Saturday SAFC match, welcoming Black Cats fans but also travelling fans who are visiting Sunderland.
It will be staffed by two trained counsellors from Washington Mind as well as volunteers from the Branch Liaison Council.
The Match Day Mental Health Hub was developed by the Branch Liaison Council as a means for fans to support fans, and forms part of the Foundation’s ‘Heads First’ initiative which aims to promote positive mental health change through a range of new initiatives and programmes.
Speaking about the Match Day Mental Health Hub, Branch Liaison Council Secretary Cath Reid said: “The Branch Liaison Council is very proud to be working with Foundation of Light and Washington Mind to provide our Match Day Mental Health Hub.
“Sadly, we have lost members to suicide and as a group we wanted to do something to help support our fellow fans suffering from mental health issues. We also wanted to help equip our branch organisers to help identify members who may be struggling.
“We have worked with Washington Mind to deliver ‘A Life Worth Living – suicide prevention in the community awareness session’ to members but we wanted to do more, and we wanted to give fans a place to go on match days if they needed support.
“The Match Day Mental Health Hub is not a crisis centre. It offers support to signpost fans to areas of help. It may be the individual is struggling with anxiety or depression and doesn’t have anyone to talk to, or a worried family member – the Hub is there to provide the resources where they can come along and speak to a qualified counsellor in complete confidence, while at the same time helping to equip our volunteers with the confidence to ask people how they’re feeling, reminding them not to be afraid of asking for help.”
Fans are being encouraged by the Foundation to be a game changer and help end the stigma around mental health by signing up to the Heads First Fans Mental Health Pledge, developed in partnership with Washington Mind.
By signing the pledge, fans are committing in any way they can to:

  • support changing the negative attitudes towards mental health

  • not be afraid to start conversations with friends, family and colleagues

  • encourage those who may be struggling to seek help and support


Joining forces with Washington Mind, Foundation of Light are now able to support people to try new sports and activities to help improve both their physical and mental health. These activities will be funded by money raised through the national ‘On Your Side’ charity partnership between Mind and the EFL (English Football League).
Foundation of Light’s Head of Sport and Wellbeing, Liz Barton-Jones said “The Match Day Mental Health Hub is an absolutely fantastic initiative and we are delighted to be working alongside the BLC and Washington Mind to deliver this ground-breaking service to fans.
 

So many people in this region struggle with anxiety, stress and depression and the aim of our Heads First campaign is to play our part in helping more people live happier and healthier lives.


“Earlier this year we raised over £30,000 to tackle mental health through our ‘Give a Quid’ campaign. Heads First is the next step in that journey as we work alongside a number of partners, including Washington Mind and the BLC to put meaningful measures in place to support our community.
“The supporter branches have been really supportive of our work, so it is fitting that we are able to use money from our Give a Quid campaign to fund this project. It is important that we all support each other and there is something very moving and inspiring to see fans supporting fans in this way.
“The Heads First Mental Health Pledge and the Mental Health Match Day Hub are fantastic and unique initiatives. Whilst we are proud that we are the first club in the UK to put these in place, I hope that others follow suit and that these initiatives are replicated across the country.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2020-02-18, 10:06 am

At last it seems that mental health problems are starting to be taken seriously. Yes it's taken some high profile deaths, Caroline Flack being the latest but finally people who dont suffer are starting to see that its a real illness.
For far to long well meaning people have wrongly thought that the remedy is easy, pull your socks up, give your head a shake, push yourself, get out of your comfort zone and many more well intentioned but hurtful comments.
Sufferers receive little or no sympathy as they struggle with this invisible illness and people just dont understand why you miss that family get together, that important event. People miss not because they want to but because they are ill, I have the flue, broke my leg, have a bad infection are all accepted and understood but I am having a chronic panic attack, anxiety or am just so low are not easily accepted.
In the end the sufferer retreats further into their secret world and stops talking, that is one step away from the solution so many see as the only solution.
Being a Sunderland fan over the years have given me little to be proud of but the BLC match day hub giving fans a space to be heard and understood makes me very proud of my fellow fans, well done.
But please look out and try and understand when someone around you may be suffering, not fed up, we all get fed up but ill, sometimes a friendly ear could be the first step to help.

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Post  canary-dave on 2020-02-18, 10:22 am

Syd, once again you prove what I have always suspected, in short my friend you are a wise and caring man. 
If only there were more like you, this world would be a better place!

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Post  trouble_n_stripes on 2020-02-18, 10:21 pm

Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
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Post  cyprussyd on 2020-02-19, 10:54 am

trouble_n_stripes wrote:Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
And that's a good thing. I would guess that only a small percentage actual reach that point and you certainly dont need to be a sufferer of mental health problems to want to die, life can get you in many ways.

But unquestionably IMO mental health issues can trigger suicidal thoughts and make you more prone to them. I am no expert but I certainly see first hand the affects of mental health issues and both I and Annette suffer with Annette in a far worse place than me but its me who often have those suicidal thoughts not Annette, why, no idea.

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Post  trouble_n_stripes on 2020-02-19, 2:03 pm

cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
And that's a good thing. I would guess that only a small percentage actual reach that point and you certainly dont need to be a sufferer of mental health problems to want to die, life can get you in many ways.

But unquestionably IMO mental health issues can trigger suicidal thoughts and make you more prone to them. I am no expert but I certainly see first hand the affects of mental health issues and both I and Annette suffer with Annette in a far worse place than me but its me who often have those suicidal thoughts not Annette, why, no idea.
Mine kicked in about 7 years ago. It all started with a couple of nights of disturbed sleep, waking up in a sweat and palpitations. Then I would have medical issues, one thing led to another.

So basically without warning I was having a panic attack, I still don't know what triggered it. Business can be stressful but I assumed I had a coping mechanism. Obviously not.

Such things like Sleep Apnea, leukaemia all sorts of ailments I thought I had! Until I saw a specialist and I finally got an answer to by symptoms.

I came across an interesting book by Paul David called 'at last a life' Anxiety and Panic free. Interesting read,
helped me out a lot and if it wasn't for my specialist back then I think I would still be have these non existing medical issues. 

You just have to stay strong Syd.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2020-02-19, 2:32 pm

trouble_n_stripes wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
And that's a good thing. I would guess that only a small percentage actual reach that point and you certainly dont need to be a sufferer of mental health problems to want to die, life can get you in many ways.

But unquestionably IMO mental health issues can trigger suicidal thoughts and make you more prone to them. I am no expert but I certainly see first hand the affects of mental health issues and both I and Annette suffer with Annette in a far worse place than me but its me who often have those suicidal thoughts not Annette, why, no idea.
Mine kicked in about 7 years ago. It all started with a couple of nights of disturbed sleep, waking up in a sweat and palpitations. Then I would have medical issues, one thing led to another.

So basically without warning I was having a panic attack, I still don't know what triggered it. Business can be stressful but I assumed I had a coping mechanism. Obviously not.

Such things like Sleep Apnea, leukaemia all sorts of ailments I thought I had! Until I saw a specialist and I finally got an answer to by symptoms.

I came across an interesting book by Paul David called 'at last a life' Anxiety and Panic free. Interesting read,
helped me out a lot and if it wasn't for my specialist back then I think I would still be have these non existing medical issues. 

You just have to stay strong Syd.
Just ordered the book, thank you

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2020-02-19, 3:21 pm

cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
And that's a good thing. I would guess that only a small percentage actual reach that point and you certainly dont need to be a sufferer of mental health problems to want to die, life can get you in many ways.

But unquestionably IMO mental health issues can trigger suicidal thoughts and make you more prone to them. I am no expert but I certainly see first hand the affects of mental health issues and both I and Annette suffer with Annette in a far worse place than me but its me who often have those suicidal thoughts not Annette, why, no idea.
Mine kicked in about 7 years ago. It all started with a couple of nights of disturbed sleep, waking up in a sweat and palpitations. Then I would have medical issues, one thing led to another.

So basically without warning I was having a panic attack, I still don't know what triggered it. Business can be stressful but I assumed I had a coping mechanism. Obviously not.

Such things like Sleep Apnea, leukaemia all sorts of ailments I thought I had! Until I saw a specialist and I finally got an answer to by symptoms.

I came across an interesting book by Paul David called 'at last a life' Anxiety and Panic free. Interesting read,
helped me out a lot and if it wasn't for my specialist back then I think I would still be have these non existing medical issues. 

You just have to stay strong Syd.
Just ordered the book, thank you
like Ps. Turn twitter off +internet news if you can.

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Post  trouble_n_stripes on 2020-02-26, 6:25 pm

Black Cat Kiwi wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:
trouble_n_stripes wrote:Well I suffer from anxiety and depression but I never think of doing myself in!!
And that's a good thing. I would guess that only a small percentage actual reach that point and you certainly dont need to be a sufferer of mental health problems to want to die, life can get you in many ways.

But unquestionably IMO mental health issues can trigger suicidal thoughts and make you more prone to them. I am no expert but I certainly see first hand the affects of mental health issues and both I and Annette suffer with Annette in a far worse place than me but its me who often have those suicidal thoughts not Annette, why, no idea.
Mine kicked in about 7 years ago. It all started with a couple of nights of disturbed sleep, waking up in a sweat and palpitations. Then I would have medical issues, one thing led to another.

So basically without warning I was having a panic attack, I still don't know what triggered it. Business can be stressful but I assumed I had a coping mechanism. Obviously not.

Such things like Sleep Apnea, leukaemia all sorts of ailments I thought I had! Until I saw a specialist and I finally got an answer to by symptoms.

I came across an interesting book by Paul David called 'at last a life' Anxiety and Panic free. Interesting read,
helped me out a lot and if it wasn't for my specialist back then I think I would still be have these non existing medical issues. 

You just have to stay strong Syd.
Just ordered the book, thank you
like Ps. Turn twitter off +internet news if you can.
But the internet is my only source of getting Safc news. What can one do?
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