News + Comment 2014

Letter to the Editor: SANE Forums – We Can Help Us

Just before Christmas in 1992, my young cousin took his life on our family farm in northeastern Victoria. He had been receiving treatment for a mental illness for a number of years. Dealing with his condition, and ultimately his death, were big and difficult challenges for our family.

At the beginning, we had no idea where to turn. It taught me that whenever we find ourselves facing a crisis or going through a really difficult time, to feel part of a supportive community makes such an enormous difference.

Sure, being part of a community doesn’t remove our problem but it can certainly ease the burden and help us start to put the pieces back together.