Living with the Legacy of Suicide.


The panel discussion included GP Katie Harding whose husband Richard, also a doctor, killed himself after experiencing depression, and photographer Billie Charity who was  devastated after her brother took his own life.

Dr Harding said,  "I was in total shock, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was in a fog of total disbelief." Her words were echoed by photographer Billie Charity who kept a diary which recorded her feelings of being haunted after her brother killed himself.

Benna Waites, Joint Head of Psychology for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who chaired the event, said being able to talk about the suicide of a loved one helped the recovery process.

The fourth member of the panel, Sarah Stone, Director of Samaritans in Wales, urged people affected by suicide to seek help as they struggled to come to terms with such a devastating event.

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Pictures L-R Benna Waites, Kate Harding, Billie Charity, Sarah Stone,