WARNING: This post deals with suicide and depression, and may be upsetting for some readers.
In the days after Charlotte Dawson’s death, many were quick to point blame at what – or who – caused Charlotte Dawson’s death.
Twitter trolls. A tragic past. Too much media attention, not enough.
Looking for simple answers and wanting to apportion blame are understandable impulses. It makes sense that people have been reaching and searching for a single reason.
But in the past few days, a more complex and realistic picture has emerged. Charlotte’s friends, and others who knew her, have started to speak out and share what they knew about Charlotte’s situation; her life and mental state at the time of her suicide. There have also been some insightful comments made about the context in which Charlotte live – and died.
And it’s clear that the cause of Charlotte’s death – or what drove her to it – is complex.
Over the weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery explained his decision to stop writing about Charlotte Dawson in his gossip columns.
Charlotte was his friend — and he wanted her to get better. Hornerey wrote:
I made a conscious decision over a year ago to stop writing about Charlotte Dawson.
It wasn’t that there was nothing to write about her, quite the contrary…
I was becoming increasingly concerned about the nature of the stories and Charlotte’s role in them…
The stories were becoming far more sinister and it was clear the more these stories were given life, the more Charlotte’s various demons seemed to feed off them. There was the battle with booze, the late-night phone calls, the high-profile boyfriend dramas, the death threats and toxic Twitter brawls. It was pretty obvious to me she was unravelling, and I did not want to compound the problem. I wanted her to get well.