Recently I heard the tragic news that Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton came close to suicide last year. But something about the article put my back up. What follows is an ugly poem, written in anger and directed at the media, rather than Victoria. I do not share it lightly or proudly.
look no offence but we're just not on the same page here your press release and i
some of us who suffer depression we can't point to a definitive medical cause like hypoxia sustained while attempting to climb everest for example
for some of us it's a shadow which follows us every day and could choke us at any time without rhyme or reason
for some of us it is a drug and when we get a taste we surrender to it letting ourselves be dragged down into negativity where we dwell in shadows and refuse all light because darkness brings a sort of peace
for some of us it won't simply "pass with time"
some of us can't just call our mate who happens to be an international sports psychologist
yeah sure we can ask frank or the samaritans or whatever but honestly what the fuck are you supposed to say
so i know this isn’t nice and its not what i’m supposed to think but when you say to me that a celebrity depression has been spotted its causes identified and labelled its symptoms treated and there is no cause for concern
all i want to say to you is fuck off