Depression is a word I used to think was synonymous with sadness and in my youthful naivety, I thought a quick fix would cure it. Now I am a little older and somewhat wiser, although on many days I beg to differ with myself, it is not that at all. I cannot even articulate with some degree of experience or qualification what depression is. I have yet to feel its tentacles and maybe I never will and maybe someday I will. That's the thing, depression has no favourites. It seems to pick and choose at will sometimes, just like cancer. It does not pick on the weak. Some of the strongest most amazing people I know, suffer from depression and are made all the more stronger because they fight daily with this disease.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela
I cannot write anymore about this because I could not do this disease justice, to give it the platform it deserves. There is a lady that can however. Her beautiful son committed suicide after losing his battle with depression. I know his family and I know how much they loved him and how he is still very much a part of their lives. His Mum, Jane is wanting to write his story, to reach out and to help those struggling with the loss of a child through suicide.
"I hope that by writing a book about my journey, I will help other mothers who are suffering from the loss of their child through suicide. My intention is to offer comfort to Mothers who are searching for answers to their sometimes erratic and dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors. It is comforting to know that someone does actually know how you feel and that you are not going crazy. I feel that a book like this would have been beneficial to me. I needed a book like this."
Jane Ingle (Stuart's mother)
A fundraising site has been set up to help her write and publish her book, Surviving Stuart's Suicide, and if anyone can help out, please click here to donate. Any amount will help and the pain of losing a son and brother can be transformed into something positive, something people can look to for encouragement, and know that they are never alone.
In loving memory of Stuart Robert Ingle (15.02.1980 - 27.05.2007)