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Bravery amid the deep heartache left by suicide

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Owen Paterson with his late wife Rose on horseback competing in the Mongol Derby

Owen Paterson with his late wife Rose on horseback competing in the Mongol Derby

Owen Paterson with his late wife Rose on horseback competing in the Mongol Derby

Anyone who reads Claire McNeilly's interview with former Secretary of State Owen Paterson will remember it for a long time. Unfortunately, there cannot be many people who are still unaware of the devastation, heartbreak and hopelessness which suicide brings.

However, there is something about Mr Paterson's straight-talking honesty which manages to shed further light on the sheer sorrow his wife Rose's suicide visited on him and his family last year. A classical musical afficionado, he can no longer bear to listen to the Mozart music which was playing at his and Rose's wedding in 1980. Such heartbreaking detail can be just as valuable in raising awareness as any list of troubling statistics. Bravely, he and his family are setting up a charity to save other families from enduring similar heartbreak.


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