Content warning: This article discusses suicide. If you or a loved one is struggled, support is available at Lifeline on 13 11 14.
This past weekend, as people across the globe prepared to watch the royal wedding, large crowds gathered in the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a different kind of celebration.
Friday May 18th 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of rocker Chris Cornell’s death by suicide. His widow Vicky invited family, friends and fans to a public vigil not only to honour her late husband, but to help his community deal with the process of grieving.
There is still very much a stigma and taboo surrounding the topic of suicide. And yet, according to Mindframe, Suicide is a prominent public health concern in Australia. Over a five year period from 2012 to 2016, the average number of suicide deaths per year was 2,795.
To put that in perspective, that’s almost eight people every single day.
And, I should know. This year marks 10 years since my ex died by suicide.
We were together for nine years.
All of us who loved Chris know how special he was and how much he gave to all of us. Your love for him , your sympathy and support for us has carried us through these 12 months. We welcome all to join us in remembrance. (Swipe right for info) As we know there are millions of fans and not everyone can physically be there, we would be honored if you share posts and videos of how Chris’s music has touched you. We can feel your love no matter how far. Light a candle ,say a prayer, speak his name….. #chriscornellforever #noonesingslikeyouanymore #chriscornell VC
It has been 14 years since suicide took my beloved cousin from us. Not long after my cousin, a co-worker. Then, another six friends died by suicide in the proceeding years. The most recent was just this last month.
To me, suicide feels like an epidemic. And it is. It is well documented that there is a contagion effect among people who are suffering with suicidal thoughts.