The Jacob Abraham Foundation was set up after the death of Nicola & David's son in October 2015; Jacob was aged 24 and took his own life through suicide. His death deeply shocked the family and the local community raising questions about the complexities of mental health in young people particularly as Jacob presented as happy go lucky young man who was popular, funny, athletic, handsome and with a family who loved him dearly.
They decided to set up a foundation in Jacob's memory to help other young people suffering from anxiety, depression and overwhelming feelings of despair. Their aim is to raise awareness in mental health and in doing so reduce the stigma encouraging open conversations about mental health. They work to ensure that young people know who to speak to about their concerns, which could prevent them feeling that suicide is their only option. They aim to help prevent suicide through direct intervention with vulnerable people, raise awareness on mental health/suicide issues, promote positive mental health and support people bereaved through suicide in South Wales.
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Tondu United have chosen to partner with the Jacob Abraham Foundation to help raise awareness and promote the fanatastic work that they do. When looking for a charity to partner with we wanted one that focussed on mental health, especially in young males, along with suicide prevention and support. When we came across JAF, the icing was on the cake when we seen that Jacob himself was a big football fan.
As part of the ongoing partnership, we launched our Tondu Boots football boot scheme to help raise awareness and funds for the charity.
We have agreed to run workshops and awareness sessions for coaches, parents and members around mental health and suicide awareness.