The mother of the trans teen who was murdered earlier this year wants to “prevent what’s happened to Brianna from happening again”
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE PROVIDED BY FAMILY
On 11 February this year, 16-year-old Brianna Ghey was found dead in Warrington. Two teenagers have since been charged with her murder, and the trial is set to take place in November. The news of the trans teen’s murder devastated the country, and now Brianna’s mother is making sure that tragedies like this won’t happen again.
The Peace In Mind charity campaign has been set up by Brianna’s mother, Esther, alongside the Warrington Guardian in order to raise money for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP). The aim of the campaign is to ensure that schools in Warrington are equipped with the training they need to support students who may be struggling with mental health problems and equip them with coping mechanisms.
On the GoFundMe page, Esther Ghey wrote: “The traumatic impact that this had on my family was so enormous, that I decided to help make a difference to our society to reduce the risk of this happening again to another young person.”
“The crime that was inflicted on Brianna is not a one off. Senseless acts of violence are happening far too often.”
“I believe, to prevent this from reoccurring we need to weave empathy, compassion, and resilience throughout our society.”
Tom Bedworth, community reporter at the Warrington Guardian, also wrote on the topic: “The whole town came together following Brianna’s death, and we hope everyone will get behind our campaign, too. If we can make a difference to just one child, then we will have been successful.”
For Esther, the campaign is about more than just giving back to the community. It is also in her daughter’s memory. She told PinkNews that Brianna had struggled with her own mental health issues and had often felt “isolated”. She also hopes that by placing the focus in schools on empathy and compassion, it “might prevent what’s happened to Brianna from happening again”.
The campaign has already received the support of professional rugby league team Warrington Wolves.
If you want to donate to the Peace In Mind campaign, click the link here.
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