Please join me and help Pieta save lives this Christmas.

Dear Pieta Supporter,

I remember writing a note for my mum to say goodbye.

I wanted to tell her I was sorry. And that it wasn’t her fault. I remember I left it beside the kettle before I left. That was just before I rang Pieta.

That’s how close I came.

If I hadn’t called the Pieta Crisis Helpline that night – if there wasn’t a qualified therapist there to take that call – I wouldn’t be here now. I really believe that.

I’m writing this letter to ask you to make a lifesaving donation to Pieta this Christmas to help keep the Crisis Helpline, and all of Pieta’s other services, free and available for those who are struggling right now.

Because I know that the only people who can make that happen are you and me.

I’ve been a Pieta supporter for years, ever since a friend of mine lost someone they loved to suicide. I always thought the work Pieta did was amazing. It’s incredible to think that 80% of the funding for Pieta comes from donations and fundraisers like Darkness Into Light. I was really proud of that part.

But I never thought I would ever need Pieta.

I never thought I’d ever consider suicide. I never thought I’d end up clinging to that phone call, standing in the dark, crying my eyes out to a stranger on the phone.

But suicide can affect anyone. I know that now.

Dear Pieta Supporter, I have never really shared my story before. The only people who know it are my mum and my girlfriend.

They know that I’m writing this letter. But I want to protect their privacy as much as mine. So, I won’t use my real name or tell you anything about them.

But I do want to tell you about how I was affected by suicide because I think it’s really important that you understand just how much of a difference you make.

I’ve done Darkness Into Light 3 or 4 times. I never thought I’d need Pieta’s help.

I had a very ordinary life growing up. I had friends, I was happy, and my family loved me.

Then, when I moved away to college, I just started to lose contact with things. I didn’t really make new friends. I thought things would get easier when I started working.

But they didn’t. I hated the job I had. It was really stressful.

So, I moved back home for a while. That wasn’t easy. And then Covid happened. That made things worse. We were all stuck on top of each other. That’s when I started to really struggle.

But everybody was going through the same. I knew loads of people who were in more stressful situations than I was. They seemed to be able to cope.

I started to wonder what was wrong with me. Things started to spiral. I had no idea what was happening to me or what I was supposed to do to stop it. And I was exhausted.

And then, about a year ago, the thought came into my head that I could end my life. It was just a thought. But it kept coming back. Then it got to the stage where it was the only thought in my head.

Some days I couldn’t even get out of bed. I felt so ashamed.

That’s what happened the night I called Pieta.

I’ll never forget the woman who answered. She was so calm. I said I didn’t know why I had called or something like that. And then she asked me.

She said it straight out:

"Have you ever thought about suicide? Are you thinking about it now?"

When she asked me that, I couldn't even breathe. I just heard myself saying, "Yes." And then I started crying.

You see, I had never told anyone how I felt. I don’t think I ever really even admitted it to myself.

But to hear myself saying those words out loud – to have someone else hear me say it and not talk to me like I was going mad – I can’t tell you what a relief that was. It was like somebody had seen me for the first time. Like somebody actually understood.

That phone call changed everything for me.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a really difficult road. But I had an amazing Pieta therapist who worked with me for months afterwards.

And the great thing about Pieta is that they give you these really practical tools that you can use to help yourself cope and keep yourself safe.

Pieta’s Crisis Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And the people who answer the calls and deliver the therapy are all fully qualified therapists who specialise in suicide and self-harm.

But, Dear Pieta Supporter, the only reason I was able to get that level of professional help, completely free of charge, was because people like you support Pieta as generously as you do.

That’s why I’m writing this letter to ask you to make a special donation to Pieta this Christmas.

Because I know that there are so many more people in crisis out there who really need help.

And what’s really important is that Pieta’s services are completely free and confidential. Pieta’s Crisis Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And the people who answer the calls and deliver the therapy are all fully qualified therapists who specialise in suicide and self-harm.

There is nothing else like that out there. Pieta is so special.

But the only thing that keeps it going is the support of people like you and me and all the other people across the country who are donating whatever they can right now.

So please, if you can, join me by making a donation to Pieta this Christmas. The gift you give today could help to save someone’s life tonight.

Hope is what Pieta is all about.

Every Christmas, my mum does that thing of putting a candle in the window. It used to be just a tradition. Now she says she does it for Pieta. She says it’s a sign of hope.

I really believe in that. Hope is what Pieta is all about. And every donation you make helps to give that gift of hope to someone else.

I’m so proud to be a Pieta supporter. Because I know that together we really can make a difference.

Thanks for reading this letter.


Pieta Client & Supporter

P.S. I forgot to say, Happy Christmas. I really hope you have a fantastic Christmas. Please remember to make a special donation to Pieta to help all those people who are going to be struggling with thoughts of suicide and self-harm, especially over the next few weeks. Thanks a million.