On January 16th, 2018, Damian Graham tragically lost his life—a needless outcome of the struggles with mental health and substance abuse that he faced for over 8 years.
Despite battling addiction and mental health challenges, Damian devoted himself to supporting and uplifting those around him. In 2016, after nearly a year of sobriety, he enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire with the goal of becoming a secondary school teacher of English. Always putting others’ needs before his own, even to his detriment, Damian embodied a selfless spirit.
In March 2019, more than a year after his passing, Rise & Shine Lancashire was established in his memory. Our primary objective is to provide a platform for local individuals to come together and openly address the issues causing them distress, including those unique to Lancashire.
Creating secure and private spaces where our community members can gather to share and receive support. Always free of charge, with complimentary hot drinks and refreshments available.
Whether you prefer to lend an ear or actively engage in the discussion, a welcoming seat and a cup of tea await you at every session.
Our support groups are currently located in Blackburn with Darwen.
For inquiries about Rise & Shine Lancashire and our peer support groups, kindly fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
My name is Adam and I’m a secondary school teacher in Lancashire. Having moved to London at a young age for university, I found myself struggling with anxiety, loneliness and struggled mentally and never knew how to voice these thoughts or feelings. Through this group I want to use my own experiences and help others talk openly and honestly about their mental health and life experience.
Hi, my name is Tracy. I am 50 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 over a decade now and currently teach at a primary school in Lancashire. 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 our group, I 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.
Okay, here goes. This post is mostly about my story and what I go through almost everyday. What I do to get through it and what i’ve done in the past to get to where I am today. A somewhat mentally stable, YOUNG professional human. I don’t have life figured out and I’m in no […]
I’ve always felt well balanced. Aside from a few days here and there (which we have all had) I felt considerably lucky to never have an issue with my mental health. Then I got the best job in the world, I became a parent to 3 beautiful children. It was hectic from the get go […]