Note of hope for those struggling with mental health

Kath Fowler with one of her messages

A Wirral woman who lost her cousin through suicide has told Radio Clatterbridge why she thought it was important to remind other people that they are loved.

Kath Fowler sent the message to people in the health park who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Her cousin David took his own life last December and Kath wants other people to know that there are always alternatives.

In a powerful interview with Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans, she talked about how she left notes for people contemplating suicide on bridges across Merseyside.

"If it can save a life that’s great. But it’s to give families comfort as well."

The notes included heartfelt messages such as "You are loved", "You are not weak" and "The world needs more people like you."

Kath explained how her family would have had comfort from knowing that David had at least read something positive in his final minutes.

One of Kath's notes

David, 41, was a much-loved musician and songwriter.

Kath told listeners how she wished she could have said many things to him before he died.

"He had such a kind heart and helped everyone. People said he lit up their day. It was just a shame we couldn’t return the favour."

Kath was inundated with other people’s stories and messages of support after receiving publicity about her notes.

She hopes that by being open and talking about mental health, it may help other people in a similar position to her cousin.

Steve Evans with Kath Fowler in the studio

If you are struggling or worried about a loved one, there are a number of free helplines available to help those who are feeling down or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

  • Samaritans – for everyone. Call 116 123 or email .
  • Papyrus – for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 (Weekdays 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm), text 07786 209697 or email .
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight daily).
  • Childline – for children and young people under 19. Call 0800 1111. The number won't show on your phone bill.
  • The Silver Line – for older people. Call 0800 4 70 80 90.
  • The Martin Gallier Project – runs applied suicide intervention skills training (suicide first Aid) in New Ferry

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