The last leap

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Last May a mes­sage popped up in my so­cial me­dia feed with the first line: “On Thurs­day morn­ing my Dad trag­i­cally took his own life.” It was from John Bryant and it linked to a mes­sage his mother, Su­san, had writ­ten. “I don’t want it to be a se­cret that An­drew com­mit­ted sui­cide,” she wrote. “If more peo­ple talked about what leads to sui­cide, if peo­ple didn’t talk about it as if it was shame­ful, if peo­ple un­der­stood how eas­ily and quickly ­de­pres­sion can take over, there might be fewer deaths. His four chil­dren and I are not ashamed of how he died…” An­drew Bryant was a suc­cess­ful gas­troen­terol­o­gist, his par­ents were psy­chi­a­trists and he was sur­rounded by med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als ev­ery day, yet Su­san says no one saw it com­ing. As jour­nal­ist An­drew McMillen writes, Su­san’s heart­felt email res­onated around the globe with a sim­ple mes­sage: if it can hap­pen to An­drew, it can hap­pen to any­one. Chris­tine Mid­dap Ed­i­tor Ly­dia Las­sila pre­pares for land­ing

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