The Diary of Dr. Sharon McDonnell

Aged 53 and 3/4

5th July, 2020

Dear Diary

‘People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.’

                    Barbara Streisand

As a nation, lockdown has been frightening, heart breaking and full of uncertainty for so many reasons.  Fast forward 104 days and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Since yesterday, we are able to have our hair cut (simple pleasures), socialise more and even go to the pub.  We are all making plans (myself included).  The excitement is palpable and the flip side of a nation feeling frightened, heartbroken and uncertain.

However, for a moment, I would like to reflect on the positive aspects of lockdown.  Trust me, there have been many.  We have learnt to slow down, spend time with family, reflect on what is important and value our neighbours/communities.  The list goes on.

The euphoria  of coming out of lockdown might result in us forgetting those who are still struggling; examples include, those bereaved, those with mental health problems, those who find themselves alone, those who have no one to celebrate with etc. Fair to say we all know someone who will be struggling.

We all went into lockdown together.  How lovely would it be if we all came out of lockdown together, and involved those who are struggling in our shenanigans?  Trust me, they might decline the offer, but they will be very happy they have been invited. Be kind and considerate.  You never know when you might need the kindness returning.

So, who are you going to invite, that might be struggling, in your adventures and shenanigans?

Dr Sharon McDonnell is the Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK © Suicide Bereavement UK 2020