Mark Fredrick had no idea that his next action would create a path of devastation so far reaching that it would go on and on, like the ripples created in the mirror-perfect body of water after a single calamitous event disturbs the calm forever.
The Ripples provides a gripping fictional account of one family’s experience of suicide and the damaging, relentless ripples that radiate out in every direction, not only on a family in crisis, but on a whole community and beyond, while also exploring the possibility of an omnipresent love that connects us all.
Thought provoking and insightful, The Ripples weaves a powerful story of spirituality, love, tragic loss and the amazing resilience, that allows us to bring ourselves back from the depths of despair to carry on living. It powerfully illustrates how nobody is spared from the heartbreak and the “what if” thoughts, feelings and regrets.
A captivating story that explores many causative factors and highlights what we can do, to create a change in our current culture through the transformational power of love and connection.
No longer a taboo subject, suicide must be spoken about in loud voices, as we as a community attempt to save lives. One death by suicide is too many and at the time of writing The Ripples the World Health Organisation estimated that we are losing 800,000 people a year world –wide to suicide!
The Ripples is an important book to create more conversations about mental health awareness; a story to highlight the resources that are available, and to create conversations to help and heal. Importantly, it is a story to validate those who have experienced this most devastating of human tragedies, and to highlight the resilience and strength required to continue on, when all seems hopelessly lost.
"The Ripples illustrates the importance of teaching our children that it’s ok to not be ok all of the time, as it promotes the idea that it is not only okay to speak about our struggles, It’s essential. We must lose the stigma around mental health issues in-order to save lives."