According to the San Antonio Current, a city employee believed to have been exposed as part of the Ashley Madison account leak has since committed suicide.
The death is unsuspicious and has been referred to the coroner. Read more »
by Stacey Bailey
“Hindsight, it’s a wonderful thing”. Everyone would love to have hindsight. If we had this – things would run smoothly, and life would be perfect right? But we don’t have hindsight. So, life isn’t perfect. I’m not sure it’s meant to be that way, anyway.
We don’t have our own hindsight – but the hindsight of others can teach us all so much. By that I mean, I can sit here and say to you – in hindsight I should have, could have, would have….. So let my hindsight help you. Take some advice from my story. My hindsight.
I’d always looked at families who had lost a loved one suddenly and tragically. My heart would always ache, just thinking about how they were actually going to cope with losing their loved one. Death is so final. Death is forever. So much has to change after death.
I always selfishly thought to myself, ‘I’m so glad it’s not me’ or ‘ I hope that never happens to me’. Because for me personally, I’d never lost anyone close. These things happened to other people not me, and that was the way I wanted it to stay.
Never did I think it would ever happen to me. But – It happened to me. It happened to my children. September 11, 2014.
“September 11”. How often have you heard that horrible date over the past 13 years? A day everyone will remember forever. September 11, 2001 – So many lives were lost, so many families destroyed, so much pain and heartache.
And now September 11, 2014. Another life lost. A father. A soulmate. An amazing friend. A handsome and talented man. Why? Because he couldn’t see a way out. He was unwell. So unwell, that he couldn’t see how much everyone loved him. People showed nothing but love and admiration for him, yet he couldn’t come back from this. He suffered in silence. Read more »
Police have shot and killed a man who confronted them with a firearm during Thames today.
Officers were called about midday to the scene “where there was a significant threat of violence”, police said in a statement tonight.
Police said they learned a firearm was involved and the Armed Offenders Squad and the Police Negotiation Team were deployed. Read more »
If a coroner decides that a death is suicide, the only information that can be made public is the person’s name, job and address and the fact that the death was self-inflicted.
Under the proposed reforms, the media will be able to report a death as a “suspected suicide” before a coroner’s inquiry is completed, if the facts support that conclusion.
The Chief Coroner will be able to grant an exemption for a suicide to be reported on if satisfied that the risk of copycat behaviour is small and is outweighed by the public interest.
Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind said that unlike the tabloid press overseas, New Zealand media had generally been responsible in reporting on suicide.
He said the changes were “a step forward” but added that if the facts clearly showed a death was suicide, reporters should not have to call it “suspected”. This was the practice in most other similar jurisdictions.
Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind isn’t allowing for the serious erosion taking place in our media. Overseas media, for example, do not hound their governments for operational details on national security matters. Nor do they publish details of troop movements or photographs of special forces personnel where individuals are easily identified. Read more »
The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his plane with 149 others aboard into the French Alps reportedly suffered serious depression six years ago.
Andreas Lubitz sought psychiatric help for “a bout of heavy depression” in 2009 and was still getting assistance from doctors, German daily Bild reported on Friday, quoting documents from Germany’s air transport regulator Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA). Read more »
I first met Mike King when he invited me as a guest on the Nutter’s Club…that night he threw me a curve ball…he asked me to fill in for him for 4 weeks as host.
I was thrown in the deep end, but it was an opportunity that I really appreciated. I still appreciate the trust he passed to me to take over his show for a few weeks when we had only really just met
It is no secret that Mike suffers depression…and we are lucky that he shares his trials and tribulations in defeating this evil affliction.
Mike covers many of the same things that I deal with on a day to day basis.
Also have a listen to him talk to Duncan Garner about this post from Facebook.
I have a confession to make, for the last few months I have been struggling with depression. At first I thought I was just having a few bad days and it would pass, but as the days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months things got worse. But here’s the thing, instead of recognising I had a problem, I thought everybody else was the problem. That’s the nature of depression. When you’re in it, it overwhelms you. Little by little it takes over, it dominates and then finally it suffocates you. I became highly sensitive and very negative. Other people’s looks and comments would be misinterpreted which led to frustration and anger, followed by regret, remorse and inevitably back to anger. A vicious cycle that kept repeating itself day in day out. And still I didn’t think I had a problem, “surely it was everyone else’s fault, after all I’m the one who’s getting hurt” was my reasoning. To cope I threw myself into my mahi, and when I wasn’t working I was painting, anything to keep myself busy, anything to stop that annoying voice in my head telling me I was useless.
The turning point came 4 weeks ago in Dunedin while I was filming a tv show with my good friend Dale Husband. Dale is one of those beautiful souls who sees the good in everything and everyone and likes nothing more than brightening people’s days with a kind word. Anyway we were standing in the Octagon getting ready for another full on day of filming when Dale started charming a group of locals and making them laugh. The first thought that popped in my head when I heard them was “oh for f•*k sake will you shut up! No one can be that happy all the time, surely?”
And that’s when the penny dropped. Within a millisecond of that thought popping in my head I said out loud to myself “you’ve got a problem and you need to get it sorted!”.
This was followed by the weirdest feeling in the world. On the one hand the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders as I took ownership of my situation. On the other hand I was overcome with emotion and guilt when I realised what a nightmare I must have put my loved ones through while fighting my demons. I remember seeing the apprehension in Jo’s eyes when I got back to the motel that night obviously wondering which Mike would be walking in the door and the relief when I asked her to make an appointment for me with the doctor “because I think I’ve got my depression back”. That’s when she hugged me and said “that’s a really good idea babe” but I knew in her head she was saying “thank f•*k for that” and rightly so.
Stop your kids from committing suicide…
A visiting global expert on teenage health is giving New Zealand a glowing report card, with one exception – our high youth suicide rate.
UN advisor Professor Robert Blum says fewer Kiwi teens are drink driving and smoking, but parents and teachers need to make them feel better connected.
Coasting through summer is a teenage rite of passage, but adolescence has its ups and downs.
Prof Blum is impressed with New Zealand’s approach, but says our high youth suicide rate is not good enough. Last year alone, 46 teenagers aged between 15 and 19 took their own lives. Read more »
I’ve been at the receiving end of death threats and pressure to take my own life myself.
People telling you to go top yourself, or expressing some hope you might do them a favour.
Not sure what kind of mindset people have that deliberately put pressure on someone in the hope they will take their own lives.
Mike King, New Zealand’s other mental health ambassador has been having his share too. Read more »