About me

My name is Kit and I’m a 42 year-old Hertfordshire lass. Eleven years ago I met David and became stepmum to three children: Connor, Claudia and Joel.

In June 2017, we lost Joel to suicide.

I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and support for young people’s mental health services and suicide prevention, so decided to give up alcohol for a year to raise money for PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to trying to prevent suicide in young people.

This blog charts my journey through a booze-free year, as well as my family’s journey through grief as we face life without Joel.

If you would like to donate to PAPYRUS and support me as I ’embrace’ sobriety, please visit my JustGiving page.

Thank you.

Family holiday, 2010