A leading campaigner against parental alienation has revealed yet another estranged parent has attempted to kill themselves.
Andrew John Teague, co-organiser of National Association of Alienated Parents and D.A.D.s (Dads against double standards) told how a 31-year-old mother had to be taken to hospital after what is feared to be a suicide attempt after years of battling to keep in contact with her children.
Andrew said: “A mum was rushed into hospital where she is stable and very lucky to be alive. She had to be revived. She has endured over four years fighting for her children
“I am at the moment supporting the grandmother and the grandmother will keep me updated. I can understand what the mother of the two children has gone through, heart-breaking.
“But I can only imagine the pain, hurt and suffering the family must feel seeing their daughter in this condition and feeling powerless to do anything.
“How many more need to go through this? It’s hell on earth for any parent, grandparent and family members.”
And the number of grandparents taking their own lives after being cut off from their grandchildren has been highlighted by an MP.
Nigel Huddleston says that at least ten people have killed themselves following family splits. Campaigners want the law changed so kids have a right to see their grandparents.
Mr Huddleston told MPs of the tragedies at a Westminster debate. Grandparents have no real control over access and growing numbers are turning to the courts for help. But for some the battle is just too much.
Andrew, from Swansea, said: “Getting the call over this young mother was one of those days I dread. I check my Facebook every morning to make sure we are all alive.
“The courts across the world don’t want to admit there is parental alienation … we need to educate these people in power over what is happening and stop people being forced to feel so low about their relationships with their children that they go to these tragic lengths.
“I have spoken to 100 or so members in the last year who have been suicidal and I know of many who have survived overdoses and self-medication with alcohol.
“The awful thing is that many parents become alienated from their children because of manipulation and lies and because of the unfairness of it all and anxiety if it all they get depressed – and their depression is used against them by social workers in court to prove their not fit to be parents!”
Andrew said: “How many more parents must die before there is a change to the law?
The D.A.D.S. campaign is acknowledged across the world and the www.consumerwatchfoundation.com has promised to keep readers informed of their progress.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley has spoken out about the shocking scenes as character Aidan Connor take his own life.
Catherine, who plays Eva Price, says she feels it is massively important for the soap to tackle subjects such as male suicide and that she is behind the storyline one hundred percent.
And a campaigning group claims suicide is the highest cause of death among men under the age 45 in the UK.
Project 84, a campaign aimed at raising awareness, recently staged 84 human sculptures in Central London, representing the reality of the men who sadly take their lives each week.