"It still hurts, because you'll never know why"

"It still hurts, because you'll never know why"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:14am 17th October 2019. (Updated at 6:14am 17th October 2019)

It's tragedy no family should have to go through.

Cherrelle Blake's dad took his own when she was just 18.

Now 11 years on she wants to shatter the stigma surrounding suicide. 

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Cherrelle from North Wootton told KLFM how her feelings about what happened have changed over the years: 

"Nowadays I'm more, sort of, content with it.

I was very angry originally, very upset, very hurt.

I feel much better I feel a lot less bitter, a lot less angry.

It still hurts, because you'll never know why, not really why no-one will ever know why because only dad knew." 

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Cherelle says the attitude towards mental health has changed since she was a teenager.

"When my dad first passed away back in 2008 I did feel quite alone, we weren't offered any help.

I never spoke about it when it first happened at all, but I think over the last 10 years it has become less taboo." 

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But there's still work to be done so following on from the success of last two years Cherrelle is organising a Hope Walk in Hunstanton 

"It's about getting the word out there that it's okay not be okay it's great to talk, even just a little bit, even if you only have one person you feel like you can talk to.

You're not a burden, a problem shared is a problem halved, it's a cliche but it's true." 

The Hopewalk is an annual event supporting Papyrus, the national charity dedicated to supporting the prevention of young suicides.

The Hunstanton even is happening this Saturday (19th Oct).

If you'd like to take part or donate to the fundraiser go to the HopeWalk 2019 Facebook event.

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