Vicar Chad Varah, a British Anglican priest, never forgot the first funeral he ever led.
It was 1935, and Varah was conducting a funeral for a 14-year-old girl who had died by suicide.
The death devastated her family and the community at large – but for Varah it was the reasoning behind her death that had a “profound affect” on him.
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The young girl’s period had started, and she had no idea what it was. The 14-year-old was terrified.
She concluded she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease. And then, she ended her life.
For Varah, it was a light bulb moment. He would later say, “Little girl, I didn’t know you, but you have changed the rest of my life for good.”
No person should ever feel so alone, he thought. Why didn’t she have anyone to talk to?
The young man found himself staring at his telephone.
In an emergency, you were to call 999.