Michael Mansfield talks about his daughter’s suicide and his efforts to come to terms with it.
SOS Silence of Suicide aims to reach more people, more quickly, in more places, throughout 2017 … it also aims to become a registered Charity…
SOS was founded by Michael Mansfield QC and his partner Yvette Greenway, following the deaths of Michael’s daughter by suicide in May 2015 and a friend of Yvette just 5 months earlier.
Our concept is unique – our initiatives aim to facilitate open discourse, work to eradicate stigma and raise awareness of the impact of suicide on those who have suicidal feelings, have attempted suicide and those who have been bereaved by suicide.
We have identified a broader audience and are, or will be, during the coming year, reaching out to Corporates, sporting clubs, prisons, the armed services, police, railways, social clubs and schools – the end users of all these organisations will benefit from permission to speak in an open, safe and secure space.
SOS, which will still be spearheaded by Michael and Yvette throughout 2017, will also work alongside The Wright Initiative to deliver our SOS sessions to the people of Nottinghamshire,
Since the inaugural SOS meeting on 31 July 2015, SOS has held 14 meetings throughout 9 towns and cities in the UK, meaning Michael and Yvette have so far travelled roughly 3,775 miles, not counting the miles for radio and television appearances and the time spent on the phone for newspaper and magazine articles – each one of these provides an opportunity which SOS are thankful for.
Our visit to Theresa May in November 2016 was a great success and the Prime Minister asked us to work with her Deputy Head of Policy to feed into the Government’s Suicide Prevention Program which we did in December 2016 at No 10.
We are extremely proud of what SOS has achieved in just 18 months and its onwards and upwards in terms of the continued delivery of our SOS networking initiatives – already, just for February and March 2017 alone, we have 19, yes 19, events scheduled.
Please keep up your valuable support through either fundraising or donations – without you, we will not be able to keep doing what we do!
A big thank you for making 2015 & 2016 wonderful.
Let’s make 2017 awesome!
Yvette & Michael
Michael Mansfield was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1967, became Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and was elected as a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007.
He is currently the President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and is a Professor at Law at City University. Michael Mansfield is a regular after dinner and keynote speaker
Prior to her current roles as co-founder of SOS – Silence of Suicide, and mental wellbeing Management Consultant, Yvette had extensive experience within the fields of finance and project management.
In addition to her work in the mental health arena, Yvette is also managing several events, producing documentaries, and has just put together her first book of poetry