It's 4 years since Ben Raemers took his own life, so this week I'm reposting this important blog about mental health by his sister Lucy.
Wow Lucy Raemers, thank you. What an incredibly powerful and sensitive piece. From personal experience I know that this is going to help a lot of people have those conversations. And Looking sideways as always thank you for giving these topics a platform and for sharing this piece.
Lucy, thanks. I’m struggling to work out how to support a mate. Your wisdom on focus on them, put aside your fear of how they might react or what might happen and ask the question, has been clarifying. Thanks.
As a skateboarder, I dug Ben's style. Good shit! Being off the Internet for a spell, I had only recently found out about his passing. It was a VICE documentary. Shocked, to say the least.
Having been caught up in the depths of despair, I know exactly how easy it is to believe death would be the only release from the pain and suffering of life. For a spell, I actually walked the fine line. Not that I could ever go all the way... but I understand that mentality.
Thanks for reposting this. It is incredibly important to spread the word about mental health and such.
Excellent post. Incredibly important message that will definitely stay with me and inform how I listen to people. Well done for spreading the message Lucy and Looking Sideways.