The Death of Depression


The sad death of Robin Williams highlights something we all tend to dance around and avoid because its such a taboo subject. I see a lot of my Facebook friends have these bouts, these moments of overwhelming hopelessness that crush our very will to live. What many of you don’t know about me is that I was what’s called ‘A Listener’ in prison for several years.

Prison Listener’s are a group of black T-shirt clad inmates who are trained by the Samaritans to listen. They don’t give advise. They don’t tell you to wise up. They don’t tell you they understand. The felt the same thing and go on to tell you about their own experience. However, they are all there because of their own experience of near death or something similar. I met a guy in Northern Ireland (and many of you from Lisburn and Dunmurry will know him)…

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About micsirwin

I'm a Postgraduate student at Queens studying Criminology, writer, poet and lover of integrity, dignity, respect and morality
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