In August 2020, when lockdown restrictions had just been eased, my beautiful 22-year-old son, Robbie, took his own life. Robbie chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem and his family, friends and teachers have been left wondering why someone with such a lot to live for could have made this decision. His limitless potential, boundless energy and his gentle soul were lost to us forever. There are many ways in which depression can materialise in people and so it’s important to be aware of all signs. In Robbie’s case it was a quick deterioration. When lockdown began, Robbie, like […]
Our first R World funded lecturer, Nottingham University’s Nick Clare who was Robbie’s personal tutor, is now a qualified Mental First Aid Instructor. He is piloting the R World programme for us and is leading the way for universities. His students will now be taught Mental Health First Aid in March or when COVID-19 rules allow it.