This very powerful statement centres on an excellent article by Kim Lester from the ABC. She openly and honestly describes life with this illness and how pretending it isn’t happening can lead to major consequences.
I think it may resonate with some readers.
I have no doubt talking openly about my illness saved my life. On the few occasions that suicide is reported in the media – generally if the victim is famous or the act was committed in a particularly gruesome manner – there is one reaction that makes me want to scream. “What a stupid thing to do.”
Sure suicide is stupid, depression is stupid, and the public’s understanding of mental illness is especially stupid. But a victim of suicide wasn’t stupid, they just lost the battle….