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.
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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