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Comment: As someone who is HIV positive, here’s what Mental Health Awareness Day means to me

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  1. Great article, and so important. HIV and mental health are both harmful taboos. Both of them carry a stigma which can be more harmful than the actual condition.

    Talking leads to openness, which leads to understanding, which leads to compassion, which leads to justice.

  2. Great article Tom

  3. It is up to each one of us to change this World, because society won’t be doing it. There are “civilized” countries even going completely astray, as Belgium and The Netherlands, investing on euthanasia instead of loving and caring. It’s up to each one of us to be caring and loving to our brothers and sisters who need the most of our attention. Only our helping hand, our kind words, our understanding, our compassion, our empathy, our love will save the World. Thank you for the nice article and for sharing this so important story. I wish you all the love in the World!!!!

    1. DCBrighton 11 Oct 2013, 8:55am

      Hi pliberato,

      I think it’s important to draw a distinction with legalised euthanasia in countries like Belgium and The Netherlands with that of suicide.
      Euthanasia in these countries, is extremely regulated and is only permitted where there is intolerable suffering which cannot be relieved no matter the love, care, kind words, understanding, compassion and empathy you suggest might do. In these cases, a person should be free to decide if, when, where they decide to end their life in a dignified way.

      1. While the uk presides over allowing people to die in serve pain, that humane?

  4. Those who take their lives should be respected, gicen the incumbent services and people who aim to support those in life?

  5. Great report Tom. I hope the people think about it. Best wishes.

  6. I was diagnosed with HIV in Feb 2013. It was the first time in my life where I felt completely lost. I can understand the trauma of getting the bad news with the weeks to come… these were the hardest of my life. I didn’t think I would be able to live, laugh or be happy again.
    I found the right support at positivelyUK, all it took was a good 20 minutes chat from someone who has been HIV positive for over 20 years… I am forever grateful for this help without which I don’t know what I would have done with myself.

  7. JamesItaly 12 Oct 2013, 8:20pm

    Glad your friend was there to save you, and the car full of people you would likely have killed jumping onto a busy road.

  8. Killing yourself by jumping onto traffic is nothing short of murder. I have no sympathy for you whatsoever.

    1. Stephen L 14 Jan, 11:11pm

      Poor you..for actually not getting the point… !!

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