Trigger Warning: Talk of suicide.
As you can find out from my other posts, I became interested in mental health both due to my own experience of certain issues, and the fact that my seemingly perfect and happy Auntie committed suicide at the age of twenty-seven (I was eight). I struggled for years to come to terms with her death and accept that I was wrong about my perception of her (and the world). I do not believe that members of my family chose to (or knew how to, for that matter) understand her. They cast her off as ILL and that was that. There was nothing to talk about or understand. She had a mental illness, a ‘flaw in chemistry’, and there was nothing they could do about it.
I firmly believe that communication and honesty are the most important aspects of getting well from any mental health problem and that with support, kindness and understanding, the chances of a tragic outcome diminish.
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