[Noisebridge-discuss] Geeks & Depression meetup

Just Duncan justduncan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 21 15:19:36 PST 2011


Thank you, Mitch!

This might be a good place for anyone to share and talk about the myriad of
feelings, often paradoxical, that a suicide can leave those behind
wrestling with.  Not just grief, but often feelings of guilt,
second-guessing oneself, loneliness, depression, hopelessness, and anger.
 I think suicide is among the most selfish things a person can do and it's
victims are the very people who cared and loved the most, left behind.

Dealing with a suicide is a heavy life event, perhaps even more so as we
enter the holiday season.  Being a social taboo in general conversation
doesn't help, but it does help to know others are feeling similarly, that
these feelings are both valid and normal, and that it is ok to talk about
them.

On Nov 21, 2011, at 12:59 PM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:

 Geeks & Depression meetup
Tuesday, 6-December, 7:30pm
No Starch Press, 38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(near Civic Center BART Station)

Let's have a meetup where geeks can talk about depression and suicide. You
are not alone. Share your story, if you like. Share a friend's story. Or
just hang out and listen. Let's make it OK to talk about these things so
that we don't feel so alone with our feelings of being alone and depressed
or suicidal.

This is not a support group -- none of us are trained professionals, but we
can get together in a safe, confidential space to talk about depression and
suicide -- an important part of life for so many of us geeks.
Mitch.

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