Some of you know I’ve been having a hard time in the media, linked to a job I left two years ago.
It is distressing to have my experience of depression raised in the context of questions about my reputation and competence. It brings back how lonely I sometimes felt in the 13 years I was a mental health trust chief executive.
But it is nothing compared with losing someone to suicide or homicide, whether preventable or not. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever experienced these terrible things. I am sadder and more sorry for your loss than I have words to express.
And to those who care for people who experience mental illness. We need you to keep going now more than ever. You are not perfect. None of us are. But no job could carry more risk and sadness or be less well understood by the media. Your courage and compassion in the face of everything I mention in my previous blog, make me feel humble.