i really don’t know if many people read the blogs much, anymore, since the site-change, but i had to at least say something, regarding a news article i read this morning. *sigh i know the stigmas and fear of the mistreatment that occurs, especially when we’re at our weakest moments. This is not about me, particularly. This particular subject encircles all of those who’ve ever suffered from any mental illness, or know someone who has. Since i’m in St. John’s, i can see “Signal Hill,” most of the time, just by looking out my window. It’s an interesting historical landmark, and i can appreciate it for just that reason. i hadn’t heard anything about this in the news, until this morning when i saw an article about it…. In April, i believe, this 20-something-year-old young lady attempted to take her life by driving off the cliff at Signal Hill. She wound up in the hospital, in ICU, and got physically better. She pleaded with the doctors to keep her in the hospital, as she knew she wasn’t mentally well enough to leave. Apparently, one of the doctors actually told her, “If she was going to kill herself, she would have done so, already.” And, then, she was released. She’d actually tried several times before this to commit suicide, but this time, she really wanted to do something ‘more’ with what happened. So, she reached out to someone in the media to help get her story out—or, more precisely, the lack of attention that is placed on the mental health system in Canada. She shared a lot of her experience and so forth with the journalist, and was supposed to meet with her, again, last month. But, that meeting never occurred. Apparently, her ninth try (i believe) was her last, and she is now gone.
From the story i read, the main reason this young lady wanted to get her story “out there” was due to the insufficient mental health system and lack of concern among so-called-professional-caregivers. When she succeeded in her final attempt, the journalist felt the importance of sharing. (i tend to agree. Sometimes, the bad/ugly needs to be vented, in order for anything good/positive to leak through.)
i don’t know what good it really does to speak of this, but i just felt like it needed to be shared. Everyone matters–whether they’re here or gone. We all have a purpose, whatever that may be. She should never have had to suffer the way she did. Obviously, this is just one example of the large number who have had similar trials and left this world without any peace. All i can say basically: love those close to you and do the best you can with what you have to work with. Sometimes, we have to find a voice that’s louder than our own, in order to get our point across. Take care of yourselves. ***Hugs***