I am in American in the US Air Force stationed in the UK for the last 4 years. I met Grace at the Priory when I was going through a difficult time in my life. She got there a few days after I did. I remember meeting her family and always being so happy for her that she had visitors.Her and I were both smokers so we hung out a lot.
People like Grace are the reason why I am still alive today. I was suicidal and felt like I was alone. She helped me feel like I had a purpose in life. Even if it was just putting a smile on someone’s face that I hardly knew. I regret not keeping in touch with her after I left.
I just want you to know that she had a HUGE impact on my life as a complete stranger. We bonded in a way that made me feel stronger.
I am so sorry for your loss. As I prepare to leave the UK I have been thinking about all of the people I met here. She was very special. Thank you for honouring her and helping to raise awareness about mental illness. Grace will forever be a bright memory who helped me get through the toughest time of my life.