I've not talked about this for years, so here goes. Here's my Great Taboo. I tried to kill myself when I was 19 or 20 - the event is so shrouded by silence I can't even remember exactly when it happened. I won't go into why I felt so crap about life, but I did. I now know that what I did was a cry for help, that I wanted to be found and thankfully I was.
We all took the view that public sympathy is with the women who are in effect sentenced to the equivalent of a death penalty whilst their children suffer the consequences. When they ask me - where were you Mummy when all these women were dying in prison, I will be proud to say I was at the HLE Debate and we didn't just talk about change we made it happen.
Our report released today On the Edge showed a huge increase in children getting in touch about suicidal feelings. Last year (April 2013 - March 2014) we held 34,517 counselling sessions with children who talked about having suicidal feelings - 116% more than three years ago. Nearly 6,000 of these children had told a counsellor that they had previously attempted to take their own life.