Jay Shipston.
Jay Shipston. Peter Holt

Jay’s deeply personal struggle offers lifeline to family

JAY Shipston received an email this week which greatly affected him.

It was a mother's response to the story he shared last week, of his deeply personal struggle with sexuality. He was on the brink of taking his own life twice.

The anonymous writer was happy for us to share this message as well.

"Dear Mr Jay Shipston (Sea FM), I would like to thank you for your story in the Friday edition of the Daily Mercury.

I hope you understand firstly, but my family have decided to remain anonymous for emotional reasons.

Here is why.

My son took his life in Townsville last year, because he struggled with the issues you were also facing those years ago.

There were no signs, he left no note, no reason, and no goodbyes.

We did know he was trying to find himself and had recently come out.

To this day I still think "why". It's something I will always find hard to deal with.

Your letter gave me some relief, knowing that you're speaking out for young and older people like my son.

Homosexuality, back when I was younger, was taboo. It shouldn't be anymore.

Our story gets better - on Monday my nephew came out to his parents (my sister) and used your story to start the conversation - his parents have supported him and have expressed that they love him for who he is.

He is 32 and has held onto that secret for some time.

So I want to say thank-you Jay, for touching our family in a way which you may never really understand.

You said in your article, "more needs to be done" and whilst I agree, for my family you have done a tremendous thing.

Yours faithfully,

Grateful mum"

 

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