Long before people around the world were running about with their phones on the hunt for invisible cartoon characters, people around the world were running about with their phones on the hunt for their next Geocache. Something of a global treasure hunt, Geocaching has been around since the year 2000 and has now gathered more than 3 million active users worldwide! Far more tangible than Pokemon, GPS technology is used to guide the player towards a location where their cache must be searched for physically in order to sign their username in the log book and complete the find. Some caches are teeny - no bigger than a small bolt with just enough room for a strip of paper inside - while others are much larger and hide additional treasures: trackables that get passed from one cache to another, and exchangeable items that players can take home, leaving something else in its place. It's clever; it's brilliant fun; and it's got me completely hooked.
A little while ago now, I mentioned that I was keen to have this blog become a place where mental health was openly and actively spoken about. Not too long after that, a message popped into my Inbox from someone who was keen to do just that -- to bring a mental health related subject into the light, providing some useful information and making it a topic we're okay with talking about.
That particular topic is the heavy reality of suicide and those it leaves behind. A difficult subject to address, and so it is with much respect that I introduce today's guest post by Jennifer McGregor:
A Guide for Supporting Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide...