Coming face to face with death: The story of a suicide survivor Daryl Brown

While living and studying in London, Daryl Brown thought life after studying will be all rosy in London. But getting a working visa proved to be rather difficult than he imagined.

He immediately saw every dream of living in London crumbling before him. He imagined being a laughing stock, returning to Cape Town a failure, sponging off his parents for the rest of his life.

At that time, Daryl did not see a way out of his problems but to take away his own life. He walked to the nearest train station and jumped in front of a moving train.

But he did not die and ended up in hospital with the sad news that he has lost both his feet.

Read: Cape Town woman shares story in a bid to de-stigmatise mental illness

I was in hospital for about three months and at that time I was angry with myself thinking I wasn't happy before and now I'm without legs, how am I going to handle it.

Daryl Brown, Suicide Survivor

My first meeting with the psychologist was a turning point for me. For the first time, I thought I wasn't crazy, I am not the only one who ever felt this way and there is someone who is trained and has the knowledge to guide me through this.

Daryl Brown, Suicide Survivor

Over the years the things that helped me was talking about this to professional people like psychiatrists and just being real and honest about it.

Daryl Brown, Suicide Survivor

Talking to even just one person just lifts the weight off your shoulders because you suddenly realise that you are not alone.

Daryl Brown, Suicide Survivor

To hear the rest of the conversation with Daryl Brown, listen below:


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