Mother’s stand against suicide after son’s death | The Armidale Express

Fri Aug 29, 2014

MENTAL health support worker Jannelle Brandley  has always known about the risks and devastation of suicide.

But when Ms Brandley’s 18-year-old son, Duval High  schoolboy Jarrod Allcock, took his life in May the scourge of suicide took on a new meaning.

Still recovering from the devastation of losing her son, Ms Brandley has decided to take a public stand to raise awareness of suicide with the hope other families in Armidale might be spared the heartbreak her family is enduring.

Backed by her RichmondPRA mental health worker colleagues, Ms Brandley will lead the region’s Out of the Shadows and into the Light walk in Armidale on September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The open-invitation initiative supported by Lifeline will draw attention to suicide in the New England region, with an emphasis on what can be done to ensure more is done to identify and support people at risk of suicide.

“Jarrod was the eldest of four boys and had a normal upbringing,” Ms Brandley said.

“He was attentive and never in trouble at school. He had a close circle of friends and worked part-time at local take away outlets before enrolling at TAFE.

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