A hospital boss has spoken out publicly for the first time about her father’s suicide and is urging people to support one another.
Caroline Shaw, chief executive at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, shared her experience to mark World Suicide Prevention Suicide Day last Thursday, which was also her daughter’s 16th birthday.
She said she wanted to share her story as she “felt the need to hopefully help”.
In a video posted on her Twitter page, Mrs Shaw said: “We have experienced in our family, suicide and the affect to myself and to my children.”
“My daughter has never seen her grandfather because he committed suicide before she was born. Yes, that’s my dad.”
Mrs Shaw said if she had known then what she knew now, she might have been able to have seen her father celebrate her daughter’s birthday.
“I beg everyone to support, help friends, family, to have awareness and to reach out to services that help individuals. It absolutely might just be a call, a text, a hug.
“So please go out there and think about this message and think about how each and every one of us can help people we love, we work with, we see in the street and we want them to be here in the future,” she said.
A number of people replied to her post, thanking her for being brave and sharing her story.
Mrs Shaw has been the hospital’s chief executive since January last year and was the former deputy chief executive and chief operating officer at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.
She started her NHS career as a nurse before moving into midwifery.