Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC108770


About Us

The Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust (ZGBTST) was launched in October 2017 on what would have been Zachary’s 21st Birthday. After losing Zachary 6 months previously, we were left behind devastated and broken, frantically trying to understand how and why this had happened. How did things get so bad? Why was this the only answer? 

Soon it was made clear that increased mental health provision was required across Northern Ireland to help other individuals struggling every day to inspire them to, reach out, obtain understanding and fight for the right to support. 

Starting as a small advocacy and campaigning organisation in 2017, ZGBTST has grown through the ever-changing needs of the community in which it serves. From a one-woman band in the spare room of her apartment to a fully operational 6 office space mental health centre, its been a journey that has had great highs and even greater lows. 

With over 200 weekly clients obtaining support within our multi-pillar system designed to treat everyone as an individual and educate the community in real mental health ZGBTST has become a relied-on and trusted community service. 

Every client who walks through our doors is assessed independently, creating a unique well-being plan to ensure that everyone is working towards the same goals. 

ZGBTST aims to make a difference, not only within the services that are requested by the community but also to advocate for change within the current mental health system, continue to break the silence on mental health issues and share our personal experiences, thoughts and recommendations for a better future. 

To my brother, I love you, Always.

Yasmin x

Mission Statement

ZGBTST is a non profit charitable organisation dedicated to raising mental health awareness and decreasing the stigma surrounding suicide. 

As part of our mission statement, ZGBTST has 6 aims and objectives which we continuously develop and work upon through the changing needs of our community.

Aims and Objectives of The Zachary Geddis Break The Silence Trust

  1. To establish, demonstrate and act upon the need for more accurate, immediate and individual mental health services across Northern Ireland.
  2. To continuously promote ‘Not all wounds are visible’ 
  3. To advocate as a voice for those suffering with mental health issues and/or bereaved by suicide. 
  4. To liaise with current service providers to decrease current waiting lists.  
  5. To educate community members on the importance of mental health awareness through workshops, presentations, videos and campaigning. 
  6. To maintain ZGBTST as a permanent legacy of Zachary Geddis.

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