Reader letter: An illness often misunderstood

Share this article

I was prompted to write by a television report in which celebrity Stephen Fry recounted his period of severe depression during which he attempted suicide.

It won’t be understood by many that during my years of depression I could have wishes to die. Thanks, however, to medical assistance and some people’s understanding, the worst years (I hope) are past. Added to this were my years of socialising, self-determination, humour and involvement in the arts and journalism. These, regretfully, were sometimes misunderstood. My message to readers is: “Please try to understand what others are going through. Often, it is very painful.” In more recent years, I have suffered much physical pain but this doesn’t compare with my mental suffering.

Rex Mountain