January 16th 2018, Damian Graham took his life – an unnecessary death at the hands of mental health and drugs. Damian dedicated his life to helping and lifting up those around him, in whatever way he could and usually at the detriment to himself.
In March 2019, over a year after his death, Rise & Shine Lancashire was born. Created to be a resource for the people of Lancashire who find themselves struggling with their mental health, our aim is simple yet powerful: to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness by making conversation about mental wellbeing something that’s part of everyday life.
We have loved seeing so many of you over the month of October and hearing your stories. It’s been a pleasure being able to share those moments with you.
We are excited to announce that our Zoom group meetings will run throughout November with 30 minute sessions every night of the week. The links you will need for each session are below, please use the calendar to find out who is running the session:
Zoom sessions with Adam:
Zoom sessions with Nicola:
Zoom sessions with Natalie:
Zoom sessions with Tracy:
We ask that members who join do so with respect to other members who may also be on the call, we won’t tolerate any aggressive or disrespectful behaviour towards any of our team, members or wider community. We thank you for your cooperation.
Hello, my name is Adam and I am almost 30 years old! I work in education, thanks to the support and help from my older brother, Damian. I want to repay this by helping those who need support and help in Lancashire.
Having moved to London at a young age for university, I found myself struggling with anxiety and loneliness and never knew how to voice these thoughts or feelings. Through this group I want to use my own experiences and help others discover the opportunities and choices that come through education.
Hi, my name is Tracy. I am 49 years old, I have been married for 20 years. I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. This group is very important to me as I lost my son to suicide through depression. I felt that my son did not receive much support and there still is not much support for depression and mental health. This group will help people to talk more freely about this and hopefully help someone that is in need.
Hello, my name is Nicola. I am married with two children. I have worked in education for 12 years and currently studying to teach.
Throughout my life, I have been through many different experiences that has affected me and made me grow in many different ways. Then in 2018, I lost my brother Damian through depression that resulted in suicide. This was the biggest shock of all, he was the most kindest person and felt so proud to have had him as my big brother. Losing him made me realise that I didn’t want anyone else to feel alone if I could help it. Through this group, we want people to be able to talk freely about how they feel and never feel they have to put on a brave face.
Hello, My name is Andrew. I currently work in public services and through this I have gained a vast knowledge and experience of the difficulties surrounding mental health and wellbeing. Having worked in Liverpool and now in Lancashire, I have been made aware of the unique circumstances that the people of this county go through. From supporting my partner through the sudden loss of his brother, I have gained a passion of doing more to help others that are in need of support and trying to get others to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
Hi, my name is Sarah. I am 41 years old from Blackburn. I have 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. I have been married for 15 years. Throughout my life I have suffered with anxiety and depression, this has been going on for over 20 years. Through this, it led to drug addiction but I have been clean now for 8 years.
This group is special to me for so many reasons but most of all it is because it is in memory of a very talented young man who lost his battle to depression.
Hey! My name is Natalie, I have worked in health and social care looking after the elderly for over 10 years.
I have a passion for helping others, I believe we all often share a common problem and by listening and working together we can help each other heal and grow.
I have had my own struggles and still continue daily with my anxiety and I hope to use my personal experiences and people skills to give others that little breath of fresh air we all sometimes need.
Together we can all reach for the stars, we just need a little help to jump.
My name is Aqua. Yes, as in water and no, I’m not an affiliate or a member of that band (though who can deny that barbie girl was an absolute tune back in its day). I run off copious amounts of coffee, I am a sucker for anything chocolate and I am a parent of 3 wonderful children and soon to be wife.
Having battled my own issues through day to day stresses and personal experiences, I want to help others by being part of a group that openly and honestly discusses mental health issues and promotes positive well being. If what we do helps even one person, then it will all be worth it.
Hello, my name is Kacie and I am almost 17 years old. I know many people around me that have to live with the fight against their own mind and continue about their day as though nothing is happening. I have many goals and wishes that I hope to achieve in my life, but my main one is to support as many people as I can that need that slight push to get back on their feet.
There have been plenty of times that the struggle and intensity of life has got a little too much for me, but with the help of people around me I got back on track. I am here to do the same for someone else. There is always someone there for you, whether you know them or you don’t… so don’t hesitate to ask for guidance when it becomes too dark to see clearly!