Walk in name of lost son | Northern Daily Leader

Sat Sep 6, 2014

ARMIDALE mum Jannelle Brandley will lead the region’s World Suicide Prevention Day walk next week in memory of her teenage son Jarrod, who took his own life just four months ago.

The Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk in the city on Wednesday aims to draw attention to suicide in the New England region, with an emphasis on what can be done to identify and support people at risk.

As a mental health support worker with local provider RichmondPRA, Ms Brandley was only too aware of the issue and its devastating ramifications – but when her 18-year-old son Jarrod Allcock died by suicide on May 18, nothing could prepare her for the shock.

“It’s difficult to describe the grief and devastation that goes with losing a child to suicide,” she said. 

“The impacts have been terrible on our family and everyone who knew and loved Jarrod.

“I’ve seen a lot from my daily experiences helping people struggling with lived experiences of mental illness, but you don’t truly understand the impacts of suicide until it gets so close to home.”

Ms Brandley said Jarrod, the eldest of four boys, was an attentive student during his years at Duval High School in Armidale and Holy Trinity in Inverell.

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