Please have a read of this incredible poem written by Ishtar Hopkin-Fisher.
Ishtar wrote this poem after losing her friend Oliver Dinsdale to suicide.
We are sharing this to bring about awareness and deter more people from losing their lives to suicide.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
You are someone's sunshine, reach out, get the help you need, and speak to others!
Warm Sunshine on a rainy day,
You’d come to take the storm away.
Patient, you’d listen and take it all in,
Not knowing you held on, to your pain within.
Bottle it up and store it inside -
Paint on a smile where the feelings can hide.
A soft touch, a kindness,
Was all that you’d show.
Holding it down,
So that no one would know.
And now we all see it;
But a minute too late.
Tell the tale of your love,
To save others your fate.
It’s time now to rest,
As the sun shone too bright.
Let him find peace,
In the blanket of night.
Those of us left,
Will look up at the stars,
And hold on to the piece,
Of your heart that touched ours.
You took away so many storm clouds for us,
And I’m sorry that what we gave wasn’t enough.
Let these words touch the ears of the people who fight,
Holding their pain and battling night:
Because you’re someone’s Sunshine.
Though you can’t always see,
When the clouds block your view with,
“It should have been me”
Look at the flowers that grow from the pain,
The world come together to fight off the rain,
The people who love you are standing together,
And it’s through that love that you’ll live on forever.
So I know that it’s hard,
To let people in,
But when you’re fighting demons,
That is how you begin.
Tell a friend or a stranger,
Let anyone know,
Lace your fingers in theirs,
And try not to let go.
Whatever you’re battling,
Let us help you fight on,
So, no one else has to wake,
And find their Sunshine gone.
In loving memory of Oliver Dinsdale (25.02.95 - 10.11.18)
Written by Ishtar Hopkin-Fisher 2018
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please call 999.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts reach out to the Samaritans at:
or call 116 123.