Tribute to Sally Brampton

Columnist and agony aunt Sally Brampton died this week, on 10th May 2016. Suzy Greaves invites us to reach out to each other.

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We are heartbroken to hear the news of the death of Sally Brampton, author, writer and Psychologies columnist for many years. Sally was funny, kind and never shied away from telling it how it was.

Her brutally honest and inspiring memoir Shoot The Damn Dog charted her journey with depression. When you're in a black hole, sometimes the only person who can help is the person who has sat in that hole before you and found a way out. When Sally 'came out' about her own struggle with depression, she became that person for us. She let us know that we weren't alone and offered us a hand to hold in the darkness.

"Depression feels like the most isolated place on earth," she wrote. "No wonder they call it the disease of loneliness. If you are reading this you are not alone... I think anyone who has suffered from even mild depression understands how it feels. Yet we forget others understand our suffering. We withdraw, isolate or shut down completely. We lose ourselves in our selves, and in the illness. It doesn’t have to be that way. If we connect with even one other human being who understands, we take one step out of the illness."

Over the years, despite her battle with clinical depression, Sally constantly reached out and connected and helped others with her wise words, advice and humour. Today, let us continue her work. Let us connect with each other, let's reach out, let's hold each other's hand in this darkness. Let's reach out with kindness and love to those who are struggling; let's reach out and ask for help if we are struggling.

"Life is about connection,' wrote Sally. "There is nothing else."

Sally, we will miss you very much. Thank you for holding our hand as long as you did.

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Suzy Walker

Editor of Psychologies, Psychologies

I am proud to be editor of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. Author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace, Suzy believes that the secret to happiness is living life to the full right here, right now, committing to a few goals now and again and taking Oscar, the Psychologies dog for a walk round the field when it all gets a bit too much.


Go to the profile of Dr. Mandy Lehto
over 5 years ago
I'm so deeply sorry to read this heartbreaking news. My heart goes out to her friends and family. I will miss her wit and wisdom, so much. Thank you for writing this, Suzy.
Go to the profile of Xanthe Gresham Knight
over 5 years ago
I am so sorry. This truly is deeply sad. She was a force for goodness and kindness and will be sorely missed. Thank you for the reminder about connection, Suzy and with Dr Lehto I would like to add the warmest of wishes to her friends and family.
Go to the profile of Caroline Shola Arewa
over 5 years ago
Very sad news indeed. I remember Sally from my days as a fashion designer, as well as her more recent writing. A lot of people, me included, will take people's cries from depression, a lot more seriously, sometimes it's just not possible to raise up from the depths. May her soul rest now in Eternal Peace, and may we all be wiser because Sally Lived. Thanks Suzy.