Just one day after Valentine’s Day, the body of Caroline Flack was found dead in her flat. Tragically, this beautiful and talented woman had taken her own life. Recently she’d been accused of assaulting her boyfriend, harassed by the CPS (although they were warned she was in a vulnerable state) and forced to stand down from her position as host on Love Island. These were just the visible strains. No one knows what others she may have been silently suffering.

As heart breaking as it is, Caroline’s story is not a unique one. Everyday, many people reach the end of their ropes and choose to remove themselves from this often-cruel world. It’s understandable. Personally, I don’t believe you can live an entire lifetime without considering the possibility of ending it all, if only for a rash moment.

What a person on the edge needs is connection, to be able to share their pain, both for their sake and for the sakes of others going through similar circumstances. This removes isolation, gives hope and leads to beneficial pain remedies being found (remedies that preserve and enhance life rather than throw it away).

Therefore, the Quiet Rebel Bureau encourages hurting people to write about their experiences. In bravely sharing your journey on social media, you’re likely to make connections that can shine light on your challenges and motivate you to press forward as well as letting fellow sufferers know they’re not alone. Then when you’ve turned your circumstances around, consider writing a book on how you did it so that you can inspire others who are on the brink.

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