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Alone

Life feels so out of step, I woke up, one morning, far too late. I wonder if you've been here, for the pillow still smells of you. Dreams disappear and reality blinds me. I feel I stalled the day you chose to go your way. My world has turned around, the colours all washed out,… Continue reading Alone

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Hidden Lives and Human Resilience

Tragedies do not discriminate between classes and yet some sectors of society have lower rates of suicide than others. And it is not the ones you would expect. Could this information be useful in prevention?

Mental Health, Motivational

Survivors of Suicide Day 18 – Worth and Day 22 – Value

How Three Survivors of Suicide Spent Their Last Days On Earth - http://wp.me/p6xgta-oS Incredibly powerful stories, revealing in the way the writers take the reader into their heads and reveal their thinking. As a young person, I worked as a Nurse and never understood my patients as much as I did after reading this post.… Continue reading Survivors of Suicide Day 18 – Worth and Day 22 – Value

Mental Health, Motivational

Left to Pick Up the Pieces

There can only be one thing more nightmarish than hell itself, and that is to lose a child to suicide. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that a young life is lost. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that the person has felt such emptiness and despair. Gut-wrenchingly sad and tragic that someone could feel so lacking in hope, consumed with mental pain and anguish that this was even considered an option. And yet for their own family, who are left somehow to pick up the pieces, the consequences of this act can be so viscerally devastating, it is akin to a nightmare without end. Is it a selfish act? An aberrant impulse? A distorted or dysfunctional thought?

Mental Health

A Hidden life- Death and Suicide rates low in severely underprivileged groups

"I think you can say that when there is a suicide the entire family becomes totally unhinged. And even though we all seem to go back to normalcy, something has been broken forever." Johanna Reiss, (Author of 'A Hidden Life') The tragic topic of suicide is rather personal to me as I have lived through… Continue reading A Hidden life- Death and Suicide rates low in severely underprivileged groups

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Are You OK?

Charlotte Dawson's tragic death, reminded me of a recent campaign that highlighted the issue of mental illness, primarily depression and suicide, in our community. The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' as a support to colleagues and those who may… Continue reading Are You OK?