Lucy Marie Rayner, a beautiful, sensitive soul, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a grand-daughter, a cousin, an auntie, a best friend, a helper, a hard worker, a diva, a perfectionist, a wild child, a risk taker, a party animal, the list goes on… took her own life on the 5th May 2012, aged 22.
No one saw it coming. It was a total surprise to us all.
As heart-broken as we all are, she explained how she felt in the letter she left in the moments before she took her own life. She loved us all but she didn’t love herself or her life, it was a struggle for her and she wanted some peace.
We all knew that she had mood swings and she did go to the doctor, but she was not diagnosed as having depression or any form of mental illness.
Lucy didn’t talk about her feelings and found it hard expressing her emotions.
The Lucy Rayner Foundation was set up in memory of Lucy, and aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults through education and campaigning, to facilitate change in the way mental health is perceived by society, and to help prevent young people committing suicide.
ABOUT THE LUCY RAYNER FOUNDATION
On the 5th May 2012, Jenny Rayner and her family were tragically faced with the impact of mental illness, when their daughter Lucy took her own life aged just 22. This life changing event inspired Jenny and her family to begin campaigning about the mental health challenges faced by young adults, and they quickly found that the support and help available to recognise and treat young adults with mental health challenges is woefully inadequate and significantly underfunded. Jenny discovered that her passion and tenacity to address these issues are shared by many others, and that her strong business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and over 30 years’ experience in marketing, media and event management positioned her perfectly to make an impact in raising awareness of this critical problem. As a result, Jenny, together with her husband Stuart and daughters Emma and Rebecca, established The Lucy Rayner Foundation in 2012. Though relatively new, The Lucy Rayner Foundation has become a big voice making big strides in the local community and nationwide, including collaborating with other national charities with shared objectives including MIND, Samaritans, Cruise and the YMCA.