How do I write about this on this blog? It's about intersectionality. A world in which mental health is either seen as shameful disease or a nonexistent abstract idea. I was sorry to hear that Jamie Duffy felt lost enough to take the plunge out of this world. Or perhaps he was having a moment of pure mental clarity. Is it so far fetched that one could feel like not living was better than living here? I don't know. What does this say about us and what we can do?
We can listen to each other, learn from each other, acknowledge feelings as being important, valid, real. We need to acknowledge these things for people of all gender's as patriarchy's feminization and demonization of emotionality very much affects men as well. We need to acknowledge that it is not just the individual. We live in a world that is a breeding ground for suffering and depression. We need solidarity and we need the ability to heal from the hurt of every day life as well as the traumas we suffer.
Jamie will be missed. All others who are hurting, I hope you are able to find peace. And to those out there feeling suicidal, I can tell you, sticking around is worth it, if only to see what kind of things will happen in the world next, or to stay with those who care about you, or because you have animals waiting for you to come home and fill their food bowls, or friends waiting for your call, people who adore your music, or those who just like your company.
You are not alone.