Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Ipswich woman whose family was rocked by suicide spreads positive mental health message

PUBLISHED: 08:31 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 August 2018

Laura Macleod, who is backing the new ITFC mental health campaign with Samaritans and Suffolk Mind  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Laura Macleod, who is backing the new ITFC mental health campaign with Samaritans and Suffolk Mind Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Archant

An Ipswich woman who lost her aunt to suicide has spoken out about the importance of mental health awareness.

Laura Macleod, 25, said there “shouldn’t be any shame” surrounding mental illness, adding that “there is always somebody out there that will listen and will understand”.

Ms Macleod, who works for Ipswich Town FC, added that she suffered from an eating disorder when she was 19, and has since had severe bouts of anxiety and depression – resulting in occasionally debilitating panic attacks and breakdowns.

She said that the club’s new campaign promoting mental health awareness was a step in the right direction.

“It really touched me, particularly with the suicide aspect because I lost my auntie to suicide when I was 14,” she said.

Ms Macleod said there should be Ms Macleod said there should be "no shame" in talking about mental health Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Getting the knowledge and the information out there for people that don’t necessarily know where to turn – I think that would be the best thing.”

• If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

• Suffolk Mind are available on 0300 111 6000 or at info@suffolkmind.org.uk.

A busy road near Ipswich is to be closed in an emergency for the best part of a day so that a lamppost can be replaced.

A main road into Ipswich has been ranked in the top 10 ‘riskiest roads’ in the east of England by a road safety charity.

Plenty of sunshine is on the cards this weekend, but it will be feeling colder with ground frost appearing.

Two Ipswich residents have been left with bills of more than £1,000 between them after subjecting their neighbours to late-night, high-volume music by Status Quo and Natalie Imbruglia.

Police were unable to act on five cases of adults having sex with teenagers in their care over the last four years due to a legal loophole, the NSPCC has revealed.

Eagle-eyed shoppers will have noticed that the former Grimwade’s store in Ipswich town centre is fast transforming, and Pret A Manger will soon be opening their first store in town.

From rambling stories about dispensing sockfulls of change into an ATM to regaling the vagaries of living with a jazz musician, Irish funnyman David O’Doherty’s latest bonkers brand of comedy proved a hit.

Ice skating has become a staple tradition for many families at Christmas and pop-up ice rinks are set to appear everywhere from Felixstowe, where skating is free, to Newmarket.

More than 20,000 people are expected to come to Ipswich next autumn for two days of free visual art and vibrant street food.

Students have grilled local business leaders at the launch of West Suffolk College’s Global Enterprise Week.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24