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The deadly and unspoken pandemic

There have been several times in my life where I have been struck by the crippling news of suicide. News that has brought me undone, broken my spirit and shattered my heart. Even my own skeletons have had their fair share of questioning my existence and had me contemplating options for an ‘easy out’. But this is in no way ‘easy’ for those left behind, the constant grief and heartbreak often changing the path of loved ones lives forever, broken spirits forced to go on with the dark shadows of loss constantly at their back.


The sad part is, most of us have been there, yet the taboo subject of suicide is still plagued by secrecy and shame, many not willing to talk about their struggles and instead putting on a brave face and playing a scary and often deadly game of charades.


In our current climate and dealing with the constant updates regarding Covid, the press releases and statistics there is another deadly crisis on our hands, just one that isn’t talked about or brought into light.


A NSW Health report on statistics for Covid-19 for the entire year of 2020 states that there were 56 deaths from Covid-19, compared to 900 by suicide in the same timeframe. Now obviously even one death from either of these deadly pandemics is one too many and sadly there are countless families dealing with the loss of their loved ones, regardless of the circumstances surrounding that loss the pain and suffering is immeasurable.


Not to downplay the severity of the current health crisis we are all facing we continue to do our part, continue to fight, and force case numbers down by staying at home in isolation.

It is this exact situation that is no doubt contributing to the suicide rates especially that many have lost their jobs, their livelihoods, many businesses being forced to close their doors and support feeling so far away with the current restrictions.


These are the toughest restrictions we’ve faced to date and are even now keeping us from seeing our family and friends. With such isolation and little way for others to notice the warning signs it begs the question, what more can be done to support each other and give strength to the mental health of the community as a collective.


We have wonderful initiatives such as ‘Are you ok day’ but is one day really enough? I am calling on everyone to reach out, daily. Check in with your neighbours, friends and family and talk it out. There is nothing that cannot be worked through. Together we are stronger, and I know from personal experience that a problem shared is a problem halved.

So what support is out there for those suffering in silence? There are many great initiatives, and we encourage anyone to reach out and ask for help when needed. Support is there for a reason and is vital for maintaining a balance of physical and mental health.


Take charge of your wellbeing and ask for help when needed. Reach out to Family and friends, open up to someone you trust. If you don’t have someone to talk to, there is an online community dedicated to helping people through the tough times. Personally, I would like to throw my hat in the ring, like I mentioned previously I have had personal struggles with my own mental health and would like to extend my online hand out to anyone who needs to talk, I am here for you.


Emergency Department

If you are having difficulty understanding or controlling your emotions, or experience suicidal thoughts, please go to your nearest Emergency department where you can be helped by trained professionals with experience of supporting people in crisis.


Please see the list of support facilities directly copied from the NSW Health website below, and remember, you are strong, you are worthy, and you are loved, beyond measure.


You matter!


'The Mortuary Matriarch - Kristy Meizer'



Services and programs


Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

The Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service. You can call any time day or night. A trained professional can help and refer you to services and programs.