• "The men in my family" by Max Mackay-James

    The picture is of my father when he was fourteen. We all called him 'Bob' rather than Dad. I don't know why, and I've never found out where the name came from. He wasn't a Robert or anything - his real name was Peter. Growing up, I didn't know anyone else whose Dad was called Bob. The name was a bit magical, it made him special in my eyes.
  • The moment my life changed forever - Ian.

    I lost my brother to suicide nearly 11 years ago. He was 34 and I worked with him in a fireplace business. When a job opportunity came along for me to work in America for 5 months, he told me to go and pursue my dreams. On coming home I found his business had gone bankrupt, he had lost his home, and his marriage had broken up. He had disappeared, and although a friend of his told me he had gone on holiday, five weeks had gone by and I was quite worried about him. I broke into his flat and found he hadn’t gone away at all. He had hung himself and he had been there for 5 weeks.
  • Fred - My Brother by Max Mackay James

    I miss my brother. I was 21 when Fred died. He was aged 28. He killed himself, and I was bereaved by suicide. You don't get over it - I haven't - and the sadness lasts. But his death is a long time ago now, over 40 years, and these days I find it harder to get in touch with my memories. So I look for ways to help me to remember.
  • Do you really want me to be vulnerable?

    Growing up I’d learnt that it wasn’t OK for me to be in touch with my emotions. It wasn’t OK for me to be vulnerable. As a boy and young man I’d had years of conditioning that had made me believe that I would be seen ‘as less than’ or not a real man
  • The integrity of the Trickster

    I was brought up to be a good boy; eat what I’m given, say the right things and above all do what I’m told. Over the years I’ve realised that there are more of us around than we realise. Good boys, working to a set of rules imposed on us by someone else.
  • What trains can teach us about relationships..

    Imagine that a relationship is like the connection between railway carriages...

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