Today I’ll be at an old friends memorial, who died a week ago. He had a girlfriend, daughter, loving family, many, many friends and a great, cheeky smile.
Feeling very heavy for his friends who have expressed shock and sadness at not knowing he had been struggling. One of Ben’s lovely friends created a FB group to keep people updated for funeral details, so the comments have been coming through all week. @franciscoady
hasn’t had a breather - you’re a very good friend - I hope you get a good surf in this morning and weekend.
So, today am thinking of all the people who have lost someone due to suicide and / or continue a mental health battle alongside a loved one or family member.
Many don’t know what they should have been looking for.
Some have been knee deep in the battle for decades.
Hoping you all get to see some sunshine pop through a cloud, and get some peace of mind somehow.
This is one of the beautiful illustrations Matthew Johnstone has done for the Black Dog Institute. He’s a very clever guy - I worked with him for a number of years - he has a bunch of books available for all sorts of situations.
Working at Black Dog in the building, and on a number of their events over the years gave me a no filter approach to mental health treatment. My experience isn’t personal, but I have spent time with people and families of all sizes and shapes, professionals of every type, and talked, a lot... If you need some support, your GP is a fantastic place to start. They have lots of ideas how to best help - that aren’t always drug related, if that freaks you out. If your GP doesn’t make you feel heard, find another one.
Or, talk to you personal trainer, yoga teacher, natropath, personal coach, dog walking buddy... everyone needs support to get through this. (My old dog is available for chats if needed. She treats everything confidentially)
Love and light today ❤️ #ruok