Yesterday morning, at around 6am, over 100 people took to the shores of Penarth Seafront, with many attendees taking a sunrise swim to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
The event was run in collaboration by Dawnstalkers, a lifestyle social media movement that travels the coast of the country taking early morning dips, and the Jacob Abraham Foundation, a community fundraising charity created following the tragic passing of Nicola Abraham's son, Jacob, around five years ago.
According to reports from both the RNLI Penarth Lifeboat Station, who were in attendance, and Dawnstalkers, over 100 people turned up to participate in the event, with many making their way into the waters of the Bristol Channel before dawn, and all aiming to mark and raise awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day.
A post on social media from Dawnstalkers said of the event:
"This morning was special.
This morning was important.
This morning we were joined by The Jacob Abraham Foundation, as today marks World Suicide Prevention Day.
Nicola Abraham lost her son five years ago and looked for help in vain. The family needed someone to support and accompany them on their way through their grief."
"Today Nicola has become the woman she and her family needed back then. The Charity now works very closely with vulnerable people and has already saved 200 lives."
According to their JustGiving page, The Jacob Abraham Foundation aims 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."
The RNLI Penarth Lifeboat Station also took to social media to share their thoughts on the event, saying in a post on Facebook:
"Today we opened up the station before sunrise and went for an early morning swim with over 100 others to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
It was great to be there with Dawnstalkers and The Jacob Abraham Foundation to show our support for an important cause."
World Suicide Prevention Day took place on the 10th of September this year, as it does every year, with an international theme of "Creating Hope Through Action". The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide.
Photos from the event, many of which can be found on the Dawnstalkers Facebook page, here, show participants, illuminated by streetlamps, arriving at the seafront, opposite to the RNLI Lifeboat Station, before making their way into the water as the sun began to rise.
You can find the JustGiving page for the Jacob Abraham Foundation, here.