Beverley father urges young men to talk about their feelings

Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by KCFM

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An East Riding father has urged young men to talk about their feelings after he lost his son to suicide five years ago.

Dennis Graham’s son, Matthew, took his own life at the age of 17 in 2010 and the Beverley resident has since encouraged young people to share their feelings more.

Mr Graham leads talks in colleges and schools, urging young men to talk about their feelings and explains about the impact suicide has on family and friends left behind.

He said: “We knew that he was unwell, that he was feeling like life hadn’t dealt him a fairly good hand at that particular point. It was only over a period of four months that life seemed to go downhill for him. He did think that life obviously was not worth living.

“Boys being boys – they don’t talk. That’s one of the messages I try to get across at schools. It is all right for boys to talk about their feelings, about what’s going on in their lives.

“Seventy per cent of young people that take their own lives are boys. It’s such a tragic waste because they don’t have to die, they just have to talk.”

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Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by KCFM

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