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Jul 19, 2010
middle earth
Sally Brampton, journalist and writer, dies aged 60 - BBC News (contains suicide specifics)

Of all the 'celebrity' deaths this year, this one has stunned me the most, though actually, I"m not massively surprised.
I feel a bit 'hit by a truck' for a few reasons..... I didn't know Sally at all, but read her book on depression 'Shoot the Damn Dog' when I was really quite unwell - and, tbh, found it a load of crap initally. Probably because I wasn't in much of place to take it on board. Then I read it again, and again, and several more times since, and each time have found something new and helpful in it. I don't know why, but for me it was the first book on depression that I could relate to and that offered me a vague bit of hope in all the darkness.
I tweeted Sally about her book / mental health stuff a few times and always got a friendly and encouraging reply.

I read her blogs / website, and some of her advice columns. She was brutally honest about her own struggles and always encouraged other people to talk and be as honest as they could be about their own hard times. She went through awful, crippling depressions, but always seemed to emerge again, rather like the plants after winter in her garden (she wrote a lot about gardening as well).
Now she's lost her battle with depression, and I guess it's hit me (again) what a god-awful horrible illness it can be, how it can suck the soul out of you, how it takes no prisoners - no one's immune, whatever your age / status / education / income etc.
It can still come up unexpectedly hard and smack you down, leaving you without hope, seemingly without a future..... and it can kill you.

Who knows what was going on in Sally Brampton's head as she went to kill herself; something must have been worse than before to get her to that point of no return. I just hope she has found some peace.
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Yes. I have been fixating on the same suicide method. I admire her, she knew what she was doing. I hope she has found some peace, relief, I hope it ends the horror, there has to be hope.
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Oct 10, 2014
This is very bad. Committing suicide is a very horrible thing and I don't know why she did it.