The opportunity of a lifetime to make a difference for children bereaved by parental suicide
I’m thrilled to have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the support for children bereaved by parental suicide in Denmark, the USA and Australia to bring back fresh ideas and inspiration to the UK. My motivation for proposing this project is my own experience of losing my dad to suicide when I was nine years old, when there was zero support available.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust runs the Churchill Fellowships, a unique programme of overseas research grants. These support UK citizens from all parts of society to travel the world in search of innovative solutions for today’s most pressing problems.
Every year they award 150 Fellowships to “fund outstanding individuals to travel for 4-8 weeks, anywhere in the world, researching a topic of their choice among global leaders in their field”. On their return, they help them to share their global learning with professions and communities across the UK.
I hope you will follow me on this exciting journey to improve the support for children who lose a parent to suicide. It’s a project that means the world to me and I’m determined to make the most of this incredible opportunity to make a difference.