Article by Abi Yates: A community have taken a tragedy and turned it into something positive by creating a collection of pictures and memories to raise awareness and funds for mental health.
A book called Moments was put together over the past few months after people on a Facebook discussion page asked for positive and happy thoughts for one day only.
The post received an “overwhelming” response and hundreds posted pictures of Billericay and the surrounding areas, beautiful words and positive sayings. This was all in memory of Billericay girl Harriet Nicol, 16, who tragically took her own life in April this year.
Lisa Pickard who works at St Peters School and helped put the book together said:
“The community of Billericay were shocked and saddened by what happened to Harriet. After the positive thoughts post on our discussion page, I had an idea to create a book dedicated to her memory. The support was overwhelming and many locals emailed me pictures and words to enable to put the book together.”
The book was published by Acors Press and Billericay Round Table raised the money to publish it so all proceeds would be donated to Basildon Mind, a mental health charity based in Basildon.
“The book was launched on Saturday at Billericay Library. The round table attended as did Harriet’s family. It was a heartfelt day. If this book can help one person get help when they feel at rock bottom then it would have been all worthwhile. So far the support has been wonderful, we’ve had many local businesses offer to sell the book and would like eventually to get the book into schools.”
Moments is currently on sale in Café and Crème coffee shop, at the top of Billericay high street, opposite the library.
So far sales have raised £1300 for Basildon Mind. Basildon Mind was set up over 40 years ago to offer support, services and advice to people that experience metal distress. They help people that suffer from depression, stress, anxiety and bereavement along with bi-polar disorder, dementia and schizophrenia.
The charity are non- judgemental, non-clinical and listen to the person whose life is affected. Please remember they are there to help and empower people who experience mental health to gain a better quality of life.
Article by Abi Yates, The Enquirer