It is difficult to envisage a circumstance more tragic than one’s son or daughter ending their own life.
In 1997 one young man, Charlie Waller, took his own life after suffering from depression. He was 28 and, for whatever reason, had not felt able to talk to anyone about his struggles.
To the outside world he had everything to live for, a successful career, good friends and a loving family, but he was suffering from depression and no longer had the strength to cope with life.
Charlie’s friends and family were, obviously, devastated. What do you do in the face of such unimaginable tragedy? The Wallers chose to set up the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, to help others avoid going through what they had experienced.
The aim of the Trust is to increase awareness of the signs and the dangers of depression and other mental health problems and to encourage people to seek help.
Today, CWMT reaches thousands of children and young people through its work in schools, offering free mental health training to teachers, pupils and parents.
It also works with colleges and universities, employers, GPs and nurses – reaching the people who can spot when someone might be in trouble and giving them the confidence and skills to offer first line support and signposting.
As well as training, CWMT offers free posters, booklets, videos and podcasts to help people take care of their wellbeing, all available on their website.
Every suicide is like a rock thrown in water. Its sorrowful effects ripple far and wide, touching hundreds of lives. When Charlie died, the love of his family ensured that in the wake of the sorrow there followed hope.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust receives no government funding, relying on donations and fundraising events to continue its work. On 12th May, Sir Tim Rice will host the biggest musical fundraising event ever held for CWMT: The Best Of… Rock Musicals will take place at the Eventim Apollo at 4pm and 8pm.
A must for anyone who likes musical theatre, The Best Of… Rock Musicals features hits songs from all your favourite rock musicals.
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Please find some key information on the event below:
Sunday 12th May 2019 at 4pm and 8pm
Held at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Celebrating the very best in rock musicals from the last 50 years
Featuring New York’s Adam Pascal (Rent); Kristina Love (Tina) and David Michael Johnson (Jesus Christ Superstar); and London’s Kerry Ellis (Wicked)
Together with a host of Broadway and West End talent, the West End Chorus, the City of London Philharmonic AllStars and some very special surprise guests
Tickets are £18.50
More information can be found here: https://www.thebestofmusicals.com