3 British dads, Andy, Mike, and Tim didn’t know each other until this past year. On October 9th the three men came together to start a 15 day, 300-mile walking journey together. The trio is united by one tragic detail, all of them lost a daughter to suicide. None of them were aware of the staggering number of people under the age of 35 who are taking their own lives, but after experiencing it first hand they want to do their part to raise awareness and funds PAPYRUS, a British organization dedicated to preventing suicide among young people.
3 Dads, 3 Homes, 300 Miles
We are 3 suicide-bereaved dads walking in memory of our daughters – Emily, Beth & Sophie – raising funds for @PAPYRUS_tweets
and encouraging conversation about #SuicidePrevention
Please help us spread the word & save liveshttps://t.co/0lKl2ij7vJ pic.twitter.com/HJzP2QP3Pd
— 3DadsWalking (@3dadswalking) September 8, 2021
The dads started their journey on October 9th and they will continue walking each day, across England, for 15 days. You can follow along with their journey here: The Route. Daniel Craig, a girl dad himself, recently donated to their cause.
There is no greater pain imaginable as a father than losing your child, especially in this way. I salute these three men for picking themselves up and doing their part to raise awareness and encourage other parents to check in with their children and make sure they’re ok. So many people are dealing with internal struggles that we can’t see or comprehend. It’s often the people who seem the most vibrant that are struggling the most inside and we don’t know it until it’s too late.
Being an Army veteran I’ve lost friends to suicide, and each time it feels like a part of me goes with them. There are a lot of misconceptions and stigmas around suicide. It’s an awful thing, but there is nothing cowardly about it. People who experience trauma and depression sometimes see suicide as the only way out. Instead of stigmatizing it, we need to instead let our friends and especially our children know that we are people they can come to in those trying moments and that we love and support them through it all.
If you think you know someone who may be dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide there are many resources available: