"I want the world to stop and people to freeze,
and to go up to people and change their lives,
make them understand:
Suicide is an excuse, not the solution."
- Jenny Barry 1989-2005
Hello, I'm Jenetta Barry, Founder of World Jenny's Day.
On 10 October, 16 years ago, I lost my 16-year-old daughter to suicide.
Prophetically, 10 October is World Mental Health Day… but I'm getting ahead of myself.
During the deep depression that followed, when grief took over my entire being, I lost my marriage, home, lifestyle, livelihood, other family interactions… the black hole I was in seemed endless.
But black holes are not endless— not in the universe, nor in our souls.
It's been said that destruction is the mother of creation.
9 months after Jenny's passing, I came across the basics of what I now call The Epiphany Process
— a practice that brought me to a point of acceptance, and then to a place of being able to say,
"Depression has been my saviour. Depression has given me the insights and understandings that are now my life's work.”
Jenny's Day is now held annually on 10th of October (which happens to also be World Mental Health Day) and has become an empowering platform to support - especially in these times of Covid fallout - both the carers of the depressed as well as those who are feeling depressed / misunderstood / disconnected using the powerful medium of the arts - drawing, dance, song, acting and visuals.
Why do we need Jenny's Day?!
There are many arguments for highlighting the call for more support on mental health conditions. Suicide is claiming the lives of close to 800,000 people every year - 1 person every 40 seconds - and is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years and it is likely that these numbers have substantially spiked over the challenges of 2020 and 2021.
Support us on our crucial mission to showcase the reality of what it is truly like to feel depressed / misunderstood / disconnected as well as what it's like to be the carer of those who feel like this and as we showcase powerful and accurate insights and solutions to these challenges