An Arbroath mother hit by tragedy last year took a brave step on Saturday to raise money for a national mental health charity.
In the Millgate Bar on Saturday evening Gillian Millman had her head shaved to realise over £1,000 and raise awareness for Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Gillian explained: “In September our beautiful daughter Lauren decided to take her own life. She failed in her attempt and caused catastrophic damage to her brain which has left her in a vegetative state.
“Lauren was in hospital for 10 days before we were allowed to bring her home where we are now nursing and caring for her with the help of district nursing staff and a team of carers from the council’s social work department. It wasn’t long after Lauren came home that some other local mums who have lost their children through suicide got in touch with me to offer their support.
“It was after this that I decided I wanted to do something to highlight how much teenage and young adult suicide has touched our local community and so I choose a mental health charity that is trying to do just that.”
According to Gillian she has been moved by the public response. She said: “I think people have been more generous once they know the story of why I’m doing this. I think it’s touching people’s heart strings a bit.
“I know in Arbroath the locals are very generous. Young suicides have affected the town quite a lot in the past few years and I think that’s why people have been more than generous with their donations.
“SAMH does quite a few community projects. I didn’t know about it until after Lauren had done what she had done and I think if we had their support maybe we might have been able to avoid all this. Letting people know that there is this support out there, that is my main point to doing this.”
To donate: http://www.justgiving.com/gillian-millman