Yesterday I found out that someone I know has been suffering with some pretty serious mental health issues. He is in a really bad place at the moment and while I don’t know him well, I felt compelled to reach out to him. We have known each other for several years now and while we’ve never been close, there is a mutual respect for each other.

Obviously I’m no mental health expert and I’m far from qualified to help him but just knowing that there are people out there thinking about him who want him to stick around can’t hurt the situation. Sadly none of his family is close by to help him get through this dark period. He also let me know it’s not the first time this has happened. I guess looking back there have been some indications that he was struggling with his mental health but hindsight is an amazing thing.

To all outward appearances he seemed like a very confident guy who has a lot going for him and not a care in the world. It just goes to show that you never know what is going on in someone’s life and while we may not agree with all their decisions in life or you might not believe that they have any problems, sometimes the reality is very different. It feels to me, that the world is becoming a very disconnected place and even though we all “connect” on social media those connections aren’t as good as the ones made in the real world.