We’ve come a long way as a society in the past few hundred years (or more). Huge advances in technology, healthcare, working conditions and our treatment of groups such as women, children, immigrants and so on.
Sometimes, we see the pendulum swing too far in the other direction and in today’s episode I chat to someone who’s all too familiar with the potential cost of some of society’s advancement.
Michael Griffith is a tram driver, father, friend and a playwright. After losing a close friend to suicide a couple of years ago he decided to write a play that addresses this issue in a unique way. His play, Suicide Row, is at times confronting, insightful and often funny (yes, it is possible to laugh in a way that’s not disrespectful or macabre!). It follows the journey of some unfortunate men who have attempted to take their own lives…and what ensues is getting people talking about suicide, mental health and the value of ‘plain language’.
Michael and I take a look at how this plays out in our schools, workplaces and our homes and probably raise more questions than we answer!
Have a listen and I guarantee it’ll get you thinking…perhaps differently and in a way that will spark positive change for you or those around you.