Today I signed a cheque. I sat down at work, took it out of the card that was sent to me, waited for a second, took a deep breath, looked at it, and signed it.
In signing my name next to my friend’s signature, I validated our first payment to someone deeply in need. It was momentous – 18 months of work for the day we knew would come, the day we had prepared for … when this government took away the only safety net mentally ill people had and left them to die, on the streets, homeless and hopeless.
Mentally ill people are not different, or Other, or lost causes. They are you. They are me. They are one in four of us, needing help. They don’t ask to become ill, they don’t deserve it. They just are. And our government, the one the majority of us voted in, have moved to make them homeless, destitute, deprived of the support they need, just when they need it the most.
I won’t bang on about how “this could be you”, because you know it already to be a truth. I won’t rail against the government because deep down inside, you know they are a bunch of merciless twats who would sell their grandmothers for a song.
All I am asking you to do is give 5quid For Life a fiver a month. If you are earning a salary, it’s not a lot – it’s the price of a bottle of cheap wine a month or a cocktail in a bar. It’s also the price of someone’s life.
Today, we helped save a life. Help us do the same tomorrow?