Angela Samata did a great job at highlighting the importance of talking openly about our mental health with those we love.
The BBC’s latest documentary “Life After Suicide” was aired last night and I hoped it was significantly better than a documentary I saw the other day. I felt the program was a positive step in the right direction when fighting the depression stigma and the stigma surrounding discussing suicide. The program was a very brave and honest look into the lives of those who have lost family members and provided me with some insight into a world I can’t even begin to fully understand.
As someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about suicide I have been victim of not only those thoughts, but also of the stigma involved with discussing them. It’s not easy to talk about; it just isn’t – but talking is critical to finding help and support at a time when you need it most. It’s only by removing the barriers to communication that we can hope to reduce the number of suicides each year and help those suffering from mental health problems.
Particularly important was this shows focus on showing the available help and support whilst still highlighting the need for more support to be available. The support group featured in the show was SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide) can be found here http://uk-sobs.org.uk/ and a list of resources was posted by the BBC for anyone affected by the show.
I wanted to praise Angela’s effort and openness on this program, she is a very brave and inspiring individual. I truly hope that other documentaries can follow suit in providing a sensible, practical and thoughtful approach to discussing similar topics.