On Monday 8th March, International Women’s Day, my father, age 71, came home from his shift as a cleaner in the local car manufacturing factory. He had something to eat and headed out to ‘fax and post some papers’. When he came back, he downed two cans of beer and smoked a couple of cigarettes.

Dad had stopped drinking and smoking over 10 years ago.

His speech was slurred and he collapsed with my mum’s empty antidepressant packs in his pocket having taken 20. Dad has been a survivor of domestic abuse for over 40 years. …

Lilu Wheeler

I have a wide interest including but not limited to healthcare — both physical and mental, Inequalities, data, research, South Asian culture, food and parenting

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