was set up after the death of our son in October 2015; Jacob was aged 24 and took his own life through suicide. His death deeply shocked our family and the local community raising questions about the complexities of mental health in young people particularly as Jacob presented as happy go lucky young man who was popular, funny, athletic, handsome and with a family who loved him dearly.
We decided to set up a foundation in Jacobs memory to help other young people suffering from anxiety, depression and over whelming feelings of despair. We aim to raise awareness in mental health and in doing so reduce the stigma, and encourage open conversations about mental health. We would like to ensure that young people know who to speak to about their concerns, which could prevent them feeling that suicide is their only option.
The Jacob Abraham Foundation seeks to achieve the vision through 4 objectives:
- To provide suicide prevention and intervention training in local communities. To provide a one-day training course every 8 weeks delivered by Safer Suicide London. The course will give participants the opportunity to recognise signs of suicide, to intervene effectively and provide a safeguarding plan for those at risk. The Jacob Abraham Foundation will fund the full cost of the course based on donations received as a charity. For more information and to register your interest for a place on the course, please click here.
- To support bereaved families post-suicide. The Jacob Abraham Foundation will aim to provide information to support people bereaved through suicide. Where possible, the charity aims to provide practical information on the post-suicide process, including comfort packs and support groups. For more information, please click here.
- To educate communities on the issues surrounding male suicide, including leaflets, posters and sign-posting. The Jacob Abraham Foundation is still undergoing a consultation process to provide the public with suicide education. This information will include advice, signposting and well-being information that is easily accessible by the target groups. If you require any further information or wish to assist in the consultation process, please click here.
- To run preventative programmes/workshops for targeted vulnerable people in the community. The Jacob Abraham Foundation aims to provide well-being and mindfulness workshops to individuals or groups. If you require more information or wish to register your interest in attending a workshop, please click here.
Thank you for all your support and together let’s make a difference and help save the lives of young people.
To assist vulnerable individuals and to educate the wider population.
To intervene when an individual is suiciding (thinking, planning or in the act of suicide).
To provide support to families and friends post-suicide, including information and counselling; to educate authorities.