Zachary Geddis was only 20 years old when he completed the act of suicide on March 18th 2017 in his University accommodation halls whilst attending the University of the Art’s London studying Fashion Illustration. Zachary was the life and the soul of the party, he was adored and loved by many within the community and was a popular model and athlete.
Zachary loved his friends, many of them are friends for life and still continue to support the Geddis Family throughout their time of grieving. Zachary was the type of person to respect individuality and promote uniqueness as this was how he, and many viewed him to be.
Unlike many, Zachary was very open about his struggle with mental illness and had been seeking advice and mental health support since the age of 16. It was at this time that the cracks within the Northern Ireland Mental Health Services started to show. Unfortunately Zachary lost the battle against his demons, but that doesn’t mean that his legacy cannot live on through the voices of his friends and family. Already, Zachary’s story has entered the hearts of thousands, the promotion of the ‘Not All Wounds Are Visible’ tag line, has been avidly used since his passing as a way to describe the hidden agenda of Mental Illness.
Zachary was popular, beautiful, intelligent and funny – but even the most confident people can become victims.
The ZGBTST was developed by the Geddis Family, to attempt to prevent any other family from experiencing the heartache that they have been subject too. 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.