Melanie Griffin is the latest person to receive a Good Citizen Award from Coventry’s Lord Mayor.
Melanie was honoured for her years spent volunteering for Sobs (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide).
She is part of a dedicated team that offers support to residents of Coventry who have been affected by suicide.
Melanie offers her time by holding a support group with the aim of providing a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, giving and gaining support from each other. She also uses various social media platforms to reach out to people and provide support.
Melanie also works for Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) and again continues to use this position to engage with vulnerable young people of Coventry and where possible signpost them to her support meetings.
To increase awareness and raise funds for the charity, Melanie partners up with local business to arrange bake sales and bag packs and has so far raised £8,500 to go towards Young Minds Mental Health charity with Coventry.
She also runs a Suicide Awareness Day in local parks and has created a small library of educational leaflets and books that survivors can borrow.
Part of the citation which states why she received the Award, reads: “The work that Melanie does to help the bereaved within Coventry is fundamental to their recovery. She has made such a difference within their lives by providing hope and comfort by investing her time and efforts. Her actions truly reflect her character and she is a worthy recipient of this Coventry Good Citizen Award.”