Memorial Fundraiser For James Jorge De Sousa Stayton
On the 1st of April, 2019, JJ took his own life at the age of 19. He had been struggling with his mental health, the extent of which he had kept hidden from his family and friends. He was an intelligent, funny and passionate young man, with strong interests in history and drama. Loved by many, he left behind his parents, a younger brother and an elder sister along with many other family members and friends who cared for him.
We, his family, aim to raise funds to donate to charities as the first step in our mission to create change around the stigma of mental health, improve how it is managed and understood. We want to help ensure that help is available to young people when they need it most.
We aim to push for a change in protocols - specifically in universities - to prevent young adults slipping under the radar. Currently, there is no convention, that we are aware of, where someone is alerted to a significant change in circumstance - when students stop attending class, for example.
We learned, following his death, that JJ had not been going to university for at least 2 months, isolating himself from everyone. Despite communications with the university, they were unable to inform us of these changes in his attendance. Had we known, (or another trusted individual, chosen by the student) it is possible something could have been done to help him.
Currently, any donations we receive will be used to support mental health charities:
- RTHM Rowing Together for Healthy Minds (a partner with Mind) Any decisions we make in the future regarding this fundraiser will be posted on this page so everyone is kept up to date with the campaign, and kept aware of where donations are going.
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