On Sunday 13th June Guernsey FC will be taking part in Guernsey Mind's Walk of Hope in memory of former player Scott Bradford.
We'd love you to join us!
To mark the launch of Guernsey Mind's new suicide prevention strategy the charity are holding their first Walk of Hope on Sunday June 13thstarting at 4am from the Vale Castle.
The Walk of Hope aims to raise awareness around suicide and support Guernsey Minds ongoing work regarding suicide prevention training.
Chris Chamberlain – Training Manager and Community Coach says
'Guernsey Mind are launching Suicide First Aid in Guernsey as a key part our suicide prevention strategy. Suicide is a confronting subject and yet sadly most of us have been touched by it in some way. Guernsey Mind believe we can tackle the issue at a community level which requires a community response to prevention throughout the Bailiwick. Anybody can learn the skills to spot the signs and take a different approach to suicide by keeping people safe, the more people who have these skills the safer our communities will be for preventing suicide.
Guernsey Mind will be offering two courses:
SFA Lite (3hr course)
SFA Understanding Suicide interventions
These courses will be offered out to the community in the near future'
The Walk is just over 5k and will begin at 4am from Vale Castle. Those who have registered will walk at their own pace along the east coast ending at the Bathing Pools with breakfast kindly being prepared by Mim's mobile kiosk.
The walk begins just before sunrise, walkers will then walk into the light of the sun rising. This is the path that Guernsey Mind want to help people in suicide crisis take, going from a dark and often lonely place into the light of a network of support.
Maddy Diligent Guernsey Mind's campaign co-ordinator says 'with over 250 people already registered it shows the far reaching effects suicide has on our community. Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far'
Emily Litten Executive Director says ' We want everybody who needs support to feel that is someone out there who will listen, hear and understand. Often that person isn't someone you know but someone independent who can provide support with compassion, sit by your side and simply be with you when you most need it. Thoughts about suicide are common, the difference between thinking about it and acting on it could be just one conversation and one outstretched hand. As we have seen over the last year, we are a kind and caring community, and all of us can make a difference, not just the experts and professionals. We are so grateful for our community and now, more than ever, the number of people signed up to the walk highlight how much we can achieve when we act together.'
Alderney Mind are also arranging a walk for the same day, starting at the same time and walking from Longis car park to the Braye Beach hotel. All walkers will be greeted by Bacon rolls and tea and coffee.
Many local football teams, including Guernsey FC are walking together to highlight the importance of suicide awareness. Nic Legg Director and communications manager at GFC says 'Guernsey FC are taking part in the walk in memory of a former player, Scott, who tragically took his life recently. We are very proud to have Guernsey Mind as our charity partner, a partnership which is now more important than ever. We will be working closely with Guernsey Mind in the coming months on a number of initiatives to provide support to both our players and the wider club community'
Guernsey Mind would like to thank Praxis IFM for their kind donation in supporting this inaugural walk. Alderney Mind would like to thank both the Lions Club and the Braye Beach hotel for their support and covering the Alderney walkers breakfasts.
To register for the walks please see the links below,