Angela Samata lost her partner Mark to suicide 12 years ago. She was so keen to encourage people to talk about their feelings and be honest and open about suicide that she filmed a BBC documentary 'Life After Suicide'. The programme received 1.3 million viewers and she went on to win a Mind Media Award.
"When this happens to you as an ordinary person, an ordinary family, you very quickly become aware of the stigma attached to someone taking their own life. There are lots of people who don't know how to speak to you, who treat you differently. I think the only way that we can help to challenge stigma and deal with the legacy of this is to be really honest and open."
Angela hopes talking about her experiences will help break the stigma, that's why she's supporting the Zero Suicide Alliance and is helping to promote our free suicide prevention training. She also sits on an all-party parliamentary group for suicide prevention in England and Wales and has travelled around the country to meet the family and friends of other people who have lost someone to suicide.
Her sons Benjamin and Alexis were just three and thirteen years old when they lost their dad. Shortly before his death Angela had spoken to him on the phone; there was nothing unusual about the phone call but 15 minutes later she came home to find him.
One of the biggest problems she faced was explaining what happened to her children. She recalls how her son Benjamin started off asking "Why did daddy die?" but as he grew older he would ask "How did daddy die?."
They talk as a family about Mark; she wants the children to remember how their dad lived - not just how he died. In the programme she talks to Downton Abbey actor David Robb, whose wife Briony McRoberts took her life in 2013.
"If I have one aim it is that, by doing the programme, by talking about this, my boys can grow up in a society where they can talk about their feelings, their health or their emotional state, without fear of being judged" she said.
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"When this happens to you as an ordinary person, an ordinary family, you very quickly become aware of the stigma attached to someone taking their own life".
Shortly before his death Angela had spoken to her husband Mark on the phone; there was nothing unusual about the phone call but 15 minutes later she came home to find him.