Trigger warning: Loss by suicide
The following post was written by a dear online friend of mine. Though we have never met in person, we have spent hours talking and supporting each other. She had an unending well of kindness and empathy; unfortunately the professionals around her couldn’t offer her even a tiny fraction of that which she needed and deserved.
I was truly devastated today to learn that this truly wonderful person who worked so hard to help others lost her life to suicide last night. I cannot begin to explain what a catastrophic loss this is to the world. I don’t know how to put words to the grief that I feel for someone whose presence I felt so strongly, yet never was fortunate to meet. I can’t understand how someone can be so badly let down by services that are supposed to be there to help them.
Please, if you have the strength, read this recent post of hers “How can I really explain why I feel suicidal” – but please also be very careful if you yourself are struggling with your mental health or suicidal thoughts/urges. It is such a brilliant explanation of how one comes to attempt their own life; it is simply devastating to know that this dear person ended up in that place again.
Please take care, my wonderful friends – real or virtual, it doesn’t matter – and please know that I am here for you.