Suicide is the new leprosy

In recent times two films, Another Earth and Melancholia, have given sensitive treatment to the subjects of depression and suicide.  As well, Nothing Prepared Me For This, has  been published. It is a book that brings together the writings of a number of relations and friends of people who have committed suicide.

In a recent article, Andrew Hamilton says that “a common public response to suicide is very similar to earlier attitudes to leprosy. The former makes silent people who need to speak. The latter makes invisible people who need to be seen.”

Andrew Hamilton is consulting editor of Eureka Street.

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