Please watch this video from The Invictus Trust, in Cornwall and read their website for the story of their origins.
Invictus is an amazing and still small charity trying to bring good from tragedy, in an area of the UK where suicide rates are higher than the average and where 75% of those who take their own lives are men. Suicide is, in fact, the leading cause of death in young people nationally.
So operating in a place where the challenges are greater than normal, where incomes are below and unemployment is above the national average; at a time when economic conditions are challenging – Invictus is attempting to bring positive action and a positive message around the mental health of young people.
This short film has been recently produced to help raise awareness of their work. Please consider supporting them via their website if you possibly can.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the foul clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
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