Choir will sing out for those affected by suicide

The Rock Choir are performing on November 14th at the King's Lynn Minster. Pictured (from left) Jack

The Rock Choir are performing on November 14th at the King's Lynn Minster. Pictured (from left) Jackie Page, Sandra Secker-Parkman, Mary Secker, Rev Chris Copsey and Bev da Salva. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The Rock Choir will be singing for everyone who has lost a loved one through suicide at a concert on Saturday night at the King's Lynn Minster.

And for many sitting in King's Lynn Minster and watching the performance, mental health problems will have played a role in their loved one's decision to end their life.

Jacqui Page runs the branches of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (Sobs) in Norfolk. Her son Simon Ozul, aged 26, took his own life in 2007 after a depressive episode.

She said: 'There needs to be earlier interventions for people suffering with their mental health. Much, much earlier. Once someone attempts suicide that is a sign an intervention is needed; this person needs help.

'The stigma that's still attached to mental health is unacceptable and my sense is that deaths by suicide are preventable.


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'But if it does happen, Sobs is here to support families and friends through the pain afterwards.'

Last month, the EDP launched its Mental Health Watch campaign to raise awareness of the problems and difficulties many in our county are facing.

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The west Norfolk branch of Sobs was launched earlier this year and holds monthly meetings in King's Lynn.

Miss Page said: 'This concert is in memory of, and dedicated to, everyone who has been affected by suicide. We want to raise awareness that we're here in west Norfolk for anyone that may need help. We're also trying to raise much-needed funds for our activities across Norfolk.'

The music will include well-known Motown classics such as Ain't No Mountain High Enough and all are welcome.

The concert is from 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets are £5 and available from Jacqui Page on 07771 544291. For more information email sobs.norfolk2@gmail.com

Are you organising an event for your charity? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

If you need to talk to the Samaritans, call for free on 116123.

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