April 20th, 2015
April 2015: We found out that one of our clients, Joe, committed suicide recently.
We had only just helped Joe to finish his new home earlier in the year. We designed this to help him target his very fixed budget.
We were saddened for him to have died so unexpectedly. The fact that we could work closely with someone for over a year, and be oblivious to so much of what was apparently going on in their life highlighted for us a real disconnect between our lives and works and minds, and those of our clients.
We shared this on our Facebook page, and were overwhelmed by the ongoing response the post received from; those who felt they needed help and felt alone – or knew someone who did…
The responses highlighted to us the need for greater gentle but public acknowledgment of this issue. To raise awareness of the scale of the unfolding tragedy. And the general need we all have to feel more genuinely connected.
For those in need, or for those next to someone in need… ask for help.
We suspect that links to these sort of resources should not be only in places where those who need them have to deliberately search (with any perception of stigma attached in needing to search…)
But rather should be hidden in plain view – including by ourselves, now here
We didn’t share this post for sympathy, but because it’s more important than toilets and tiles. We do love design, and mostly enjoy our work. However, in the days before Joe committed suicide we saw an article here on the 7.30 report about mental health and suicide.
In this article, it advised that more than 2000 people in Australia die this way every year. Double those who are killed in car crashes.
That’s more than 5 people every day of the year – and the number is not going down.
How can we all be so surrounded by so many people, and not see the damage until it’s too late? As a society, how are we so fractured that this sense of futility is not known and spoken about?
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Be mindful of the hurt which lies hidden, behind those around you.
Be kind to each other!
x Peter and Teresa