Life Matters

Life Matters is a ground-breaking new podcast where people with real experiences talk candidly about how suicide has affected them, where we get the very latest on innovative suicide prevention initiatives being developed around the world, investigate special projects - and hear from people who are creating some fun ways to help people to open up.

The first episode of Life Matters is guest presented by academic, writer and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, 'Life Matters' reporter Freddy Chick looks into a new app designed by a group of school girls in Brazil, the team are behind the scenes at Hollyoaks to find out how the  soap has been tackling a storyline around a middle aged man taking his own life, there's a very personal story from talented cellist Jay Emme from Birmingham, we get the latest on the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA)  online training course and 'Life Matters' producer Ashley Byrne chats to Craig from Bolton whose created a one stop shop for men to come and get their haircut and open up to him about their most intimate feelings.

The second episode is guest presented by radio presenter, columnist and professional Northerner Darryl Morris, 'Life Matters' looks at the impact of suicide on young people and students.  Ashley Byrne reports on one young woman's suicide prevention crusade in Norway, Freddy Chick hears the personal story of a Scottish student who lost a close friend to suicide, we hear about research into the lasting impact of bereavement to suicide on young people and we're in Northern Ireland where metal music is being used to help mental heath.

The third episode is guest presented by actor and star of Welsh soap Pobol Y Cwm, Dyfan Rees, 'Life Matters' looks at the impact of suicide on LGBTQI+ people.  Dyfan chats to Ian Howley from the charity LGBTHero and examines how gay men in particular have been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ashley Byrne reports on new research being carried out around lesbian and bisexual women in America, Freddy Chick talks to Talen Wright about micro-aggression faced by trans people and bisexual journalist Nichi Hodgson tells her personal story.

In this fourth programme, hosted by producer Ashley Byrne, we meet writer Helen Garlick, the soon to be regular presenter of Life Matters. Ashley chats to Helen about her book No Place to Lie in which she writes about coming to terms with her brother's suicide decades after he took his own life. For Helen's family the word 'suicide' was taboo and it was only after her parents' had passed away that she could begin to process things properly. Along the way she discovered one member of her family had been harbouring another secret.

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