‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’

By Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 Permalink

Over the last few days there has been increased discussion about suicide sparked by the sad loss of the American actor/comedian Robin Williams. I resisted discussing anything about what I view as a fact of life, and sat back only to find the outpouring was superficial and lacking in real knowledge. Such discussion needs considered reasoning based on experience rather than hypocrisy or pity. However, knee jerk reactions are generally lacking in any reason and based on misconceptions which do need to be addressed for any informed debate. Suicide is for many the epitome of autonomy and ownership over one's life. Therefore it deserves a decent discussion. His suicide while sad is no more or less significant than any other but it is the knee jerk social media outpourings about it which means that the topic gets the attention for this moment. Until the next 'thing'. Every day you can find a news item about a suicide ...

World Suicide Prevention Day

By Monday, September 10, 2012 0 Permalink

Those who read this blog may assume sometimes I am a born cynic when it comes to politics. This is not the case at all. It is my first love, and for this reason any cynicism I may display is sad realisation at the futility of much that goes on. However, a handful of MPs restore my faith in the power of politics now and again, and I am glad to say today is one of those days. A new strategy reported today is aiming to look at the rise in suicides in the UK and what can be done to prevent and address this concern. Cutting suicides and helping those affected by the bereavement is a really brave move, and one which I applaud. No, this is not a sexy or fashionable cause, this is real life at it's most stark and tragic. It is about something we all strive to avoid too much of. Pain It ...

Avoidance is futile

By Saturday, September 8, 2012 0 Permalink

I have been getting by quite well of late.  Almost upbeat in many ways. Then this evening I was channel hopping on television and I saw that the Tom Ford directed ' A Single Man' was on. This film my boyfriend and I went to see when it was released in 2009 and at the time I found it moving and beautiful. I had not seen it again since. Colin Firth deserved more accolades for his portrayal in the film of a man left grief stricken by the sudden death of his long term partner. I consider it to be his best work, and Tom Ford really should do more directing as he is clearly a great talent. Both style and substance done well is a rare combination. Could I watch this? Why must Colin Firth resemble my boyfriend so much? Did I want to watch this? My finger hovered over the remote. As I left ...