Suicide: too important to not talk about

February 22nd, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Peter’s eldest brother, Stephen, committed suicide.

Thanks to those who know us, and have expressed their support.

We are tempted to say nothing here but post again about battens, sun angles and batteries.

But… sadly, we are not alone in this.

There were, on average, another 7 or 8 people who committed suicide in Australia that day. Another 50 people in Australia, have committed suicide every week since then. (According to reports in 2016)

This also means that we (and Steve) were not alone in the ongoing struggles which preceded this: mental Illness, social isolation, financial pressures and the stresses growing from all of those.

These will sound all too familiar to many. Including, possibly, some of your family or friends: or people sitting in offices beside you (shouldn’t you be working now?), or serving you in cafes.

If you can, help those around you. Or: if you need help, reach out to those around you – there are people offering it – including beyondblue or Lifeline and others.

If you want to support, support a charity helping those who need it: including via https://give.everydayhero.com/au/steve-mcardle

Be kind to those people around you. You likely know less about them, and their stresses, than you might think.