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Liam’s Story

Raising awareness about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide, no matter who they are.

Telling others or being told of the feelings can be very difficult, but that communication is a very important part of staying alive and safe until things improve, which they will.

Children who have suffered neglect or abuse in their early formative years are at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems as they grow up.

The live screening of Liam’s Story, as told by his mum, dad and twin brother was screened on World Suicide Prevention Day, Thursday 10 September at 8pm.

A recording of the webinar will be on Family Futures’ YouTube channel next week and a link will be here for you to view it.

This beautiful and moving animation was designed to honour Liam’s life and raise awareness of suicide prevention. The film was directed and animated by Tim Hawkins, with music and sound design by Simon McCorry. We would like to thank Liam’s family and friends, all who donated to the Liam Fund at Family Futures and all involved in helping create the animation.

Following the screening we held a panel discussion about what we can all do to help young people who are feeling distressed – thinking about suicide prevention with Liam’s mum, Judith, Family Futures and Papyrus’ HOPELINE UK.

How can we be more aware and what can we say to help?

Who can young people reach out to for support?

Suicide is preventable. Most people who think about or attempt suicide don’t want to die.

If you are concerned about someone, start a conversation.

You can also find out more and signpost someone you are worried about to the organisations listed below:

HOPELINEUK Call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967, email 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends & bank holidays. Papyrus, Prevention of Young Suicide.

HUB OF HOPE Connect to local services that can help via the website or download the app.

SHOUT Text Shout to 85258. For support in a crisis 24/7.

SAMARITANS Call 116 123 to talk to someone 24/7 or email

If your life, or someone you know’s life, is in imminent danger please call 999 for emergency help.

You can also learn skills and tips on how to approach someone if you are worried, in this Zero Suicide Alliance free online awareness training (takes 5-10 minutes to complete or there is also a longer 20-minute module).

If you need another form of support or have been bereaved by suicide, there are helpful resources on the Papyrus website and other support agencies listed on this BBC information and support page.

The Liam Suicide Prevention Fund – support the work of Family Futures

Liam and his family came to Family Futures for therapeutic support in his teenage years and this treatment had come to an end a couple of years before Liam died. Since Liam’s tragic death, his family have been supported by Family Futures.

Family Futures offers specialist therapeutic support to care experienced children and young people, working alongside their adoptive parents or carers to help them heal from early life trauma and improve their life chances.

If you would like to support the work of Family Futures and our suicide prevention work you can


We would like to invite you to light a candle at 8pm on World Suicide Prevention Day #LiamsStory #WSPD

Thank you for your support.

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