Welcome to the Zachary Geddis Break The Silence Trust (ZGBTST)


‘The Zachary Geddis Break The Silence Trust aims to bring more awareness to the community of Northern Ireland surrounding the topic of Mental Health and decrease the stigma surrounding Suicide.’

-Established in October 2017-

Dedicated to being the on-going voice of Zachary Geddis, who suffered with mental health issues from the age of 16. We aim to be the voice of those suffering in silence and to help those who believe they can no longer be helped.

We are a voluntary ran organisation, developed by the Geddis Family (Terry, Louise & Yasmin) to assist those in need across Northern Ireland and futher afield. Since establishment in 2017, we have become one of NI’s most respected and well-known grassroot charities.

The Geddis Family
The Geddis Family

Working closley with our local community has helped us grow as a charity that people trust, turn too and promote as our journey to our end goal continues. We provide everyone with 24 hour crisis support and document our own mental health journey’s on The Original Superstar Blog. 

If you would like to follow our progress and keep up to date with all of the events, work and lobbying of ZGBTST you can follow our Facebook Page

In the words of Zachary Geddis: ‘You are all Superstars’

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One of the main things that the Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust brings to the community, but does not often talk about is our 1 - 1 work with people who are suffering with mental illnesses or bereaved by suicide.

We do not publicise this area of work as it is very confidental and personal. Since October 2018 Yasmin has become a support system for many youths around the Causeway Coast and Glens. It is one of her favourite things that the trust provides members of the community who are in need.

Depending on what is required, Yasmin becomes a person they can trust, rely on and talk to more than anyone else. She has now often replaced the likes of CAHMS and school counselling in their lives. If you look closely, many of these children come along to Trust fundrasiers now.

Yasmin, most days can be found collecting them from school, taking them to appointments, teaching them self defence, helping with coping mechanisms every single week and towards exam time - she found the need for her within the youths lives increased due to exam pressure.

Most of the youth that Yasmin is in contact with are aged 14-16 who's parents have exasperated every other avenue within the mental health system. Yasmin has often found herself at 1am being the person they call when in need, half way through a panic attack or simply for a lift home safely.

On Thursday - Yasmin was overwhelmed with phone calls, with the GCSE results of the youth she has been seeing.

This post is due to her pride in saying that every single person that is on her books passed all of their exams and she could not be prouder of you all for your determination which has been harder to find than most others.

For those who were ready to quit - you kept fighting.
For those who didn't believe - you now do.

Exam results do not define you, its how you tackle them and believe that shows real character.

#zgbtst #changinglives
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2 weeks ago

Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust

ZGBTST has been chosen as the official charity for the KUGB 2019/2020! Yasmin joined them in Lancaster last week and during the Train with the Champions Course they raffled off a T-Shirt signed by all the KUGB Top Instructors who taught that week!

The raffle raised an amazing £427.50 for ZGBTST. This is the first of many fundraising activities for this charity push and Yasmin was honoured to speak during the course about the Trust and she loved hearing everyone’s personal stories throughout the week!

Thanks to the KUGB for being as supportive as ever! It is a pleasure being the official charity of the UKs largest Shotokan Karate Governing Body!

#ZGBTST&KUGBToday at the 'Train with the Champions Summer Course' Yasmin Geddis took the opportunity to talk about the KUGB's chosen Annual Charity for 2019/20 the 'Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust'.

She explained that Zachary was just 20 when he took his own life. He was a KUGB Northern Ireland International competitor and loved, adored and admired by all those that knew him.

Yasmin, made a promise that his name will live on and started the 'Break the Silence Trust' to bring more awareness to the topic of Mental Health and decrease the stigma surrounding suicide.

Kamae International have donated a t-shirt and it has been signed by the Senior Instructors. During the Summer course we are holding a raffle where you can win the signed t-shirt.

To buy your raffle tickets please see Yasmin - one pound per ticket. The draw will take place at the end of the class on Friday.

Here is Yasmin with the Senior Instructors and the signed T-shirt.
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The Trust was delighted to donate Malachy & Maragret McGuigan with a handcrafted Bird House in Memory of their beloved Son, Ronan McGuigan who took his own life 20 years ago- this bird house is now placed with Susan's Trail, a bio-diversity trail in St. Colms Draperstown. Which remembers those who have passed away within their community.

Malachy first met Terry during the Cycle for Suicide and travelled from Desertmartin to Drapertown alongside him in memory of all those who have taken their own lives, lost someone to suicide or suffering with Mental Illness in Northern Ireland - Malachy and his wife Maragret proudly accepted the burning candle on behalf of their community!

This morning, Terry travelled down to meet with Malachy once again and present him with the bird house that he made in memory of Ronan. Malachy donated £100 to the Cycle for Suicide and the Trust is greatly appreciative of his continuous support.
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ASIST Training coming to Garvagh in September for anyone who is interested in broadening their knowledge on Suicide Prevention skills!

Criteria is to live in the Area!

How to register is at the bottom of the flyer.
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