Depression & suicide 

The last couple of months have seen us lose two rock legends – Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave and solo artist)  and yesterday Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

Both took their own lives. 

Both had families and apparently everything to live for. 

That’s the thing about depression though. It doesn’t care how many children you have, who you’re married to, how well your career is going or how much money you have in the bank. 

I have spoken here about suicide before, following the death of Robin Williams. 

People from all walks of life give up  because of depression. 

I often hear people say that committing suicide is ‘the cowards way out’. It’s really not. 

Think about how low you must be to choose to take your own life. All the fight is gone and you just see no point any more. 

A scary place to be. 

That’s why it’s important to talk. 

You might not have all the answers, but you don’t have to fix anyone, so it’s ok to flounder and just offer a hug. 

If you are having a tough time, reach out to someone. If friends and family are not an option, there are lots of places that you can find help, and I’m always happy to lend an ear. 

Take care x

Walk a mile in my shoes..

…and then dare to tell me I’m not strong.

You can never tell what others are going through,  or what they have been through. Never judge. Be kind.

As there’s been a lot of nastiness  going round at the moment,  both worldwide and on a personal level, I’m going to take a moment to think about things that I’m grateful for.

  • I have a job I love
  • I have some wonderful friends
  • I live with some of the best animals EVER!
  • The flowers are doing very well in the garden and the garden is looking great
  • The sun is shining 
  • My parents
  • I woke up this morning

Very interesting stuff about stalking and harassment on Jeremy Vine today. 

It’ll be available on the BBC Radio IPlayer later. 

Communication

Communication is important, whatever the situation. 

So don’t be a dick about it. 

***EDIT – 6th July 2017***

This was about a situation at work, though why I should have to explain that is beyond me.