Contributing factors were relationship, longstanding poor physical health, financial problems, bereavement and alcohol (which can cause depression). Self-harm was the most risky factor for young people (15-18). This new partnership has recognised the need for longer term support rather than short- term interventions. People then gain more time to explore precisely what help they need and for their voices to be effectively heard. As helpful groups rise, change or disappear, we all need to find ways of listening to, talking and communicating with people through and beyond lockdown from within our church congregation and in or around our local community. This is essential in the face of so much hidden suffering. Although Oxford Survivors are no longer active as a formal group, Alice Hicks has powered another wonderful initiative, linked to our parish, through her friendly monthly tea parties, where all who come are welcomed and invited to enjoy good conversation, poetry, activities and cake! We look forward to meeting, listening and connecting again when lockdown is finally eased.

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