My name is Dom Felton I served with 2nd and 5th (6) Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. I have a link to suicide and have struggled with life in the past. Letting it get the better of me, to the point where I thought there was no where else to go but down the road of suicide. I was wrong, very wrong. No matter how difficult life can get , no matter how much you struggle there is always another way, reach out, talk to someone, anyone. Although I had taken action I reached out. I reached out to another Fusilier who saved my life, he called an ambulance and had them in my house within 20 mins of my call.
I came to in hospital alive and thankfully so. I had a chance to reflect on my action, and see the pain on family members faces, and I knew instantly I had made the wrong decision. I look back to that day, and where I am now helping veterans at a local charity, my life has gone in a completely different direction I am happy, and feel fulfilled, this would not the case if I had been successful in my suicide attempt. Believe me when I say this. Things do get better, problems get sorted out no matter how bad, and talking to another helps. If you are having suicidal thoughts reach out, if you are struggling reach out, there is always an alternative to suicide.
A few years after my suicide attempt I discovered I had a daughter and she had been looking for me for over ten years. I dread to think what would have happened had I died. I would have missed out on this person who has added nothing but joy and happiness to my life, my Grandchildren are my life. Suicide is an avoidable death, please don’t do what I tried to do, life is fluid and dynamic, and offers healing and resolution if you look for it. You are in a massive Fusilier family, reach out, talk, live, thrive…