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:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Coming face to face with death: The story of a suicide survivor Daryl Brown


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Could apartheid be the source of mental health problems in South Africa?

Could apartheid be the source of mental health problems in South Africa?

Dr Mashadi Motlana speaks to Eusebius McKaiser about some of the sources of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

Journalist Gavin Evans says the late Mark Minnie spoke to him about his fears that those he exposed in his book might harm him.

I find it difficult to think Mark Minnie would kill himself, says Marianne Thamm

I find it difficult to think Mark Minnie would kill himself, says Marianne Thamm

Daily Maverick's Assistant editor, Marianne Thamm, says that nothing had previously indicated that Minnie would take his own life.

Women's Day: 'No cause to  celebrate while women are killed every 4 hours?'

Women's Day: 'No cause to celebrate while women are killed every 4 hours?'

Gender activist Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile says this day should be used to reflect on violence experienced by women in South Africa.

Draft bill to give final word on living wills (Dignity SA says it's about time)

Draft bill to give final word on living wills (Dignity SA says it's about time)

Dignity SA’s Willem Landman says legal certainty is needed in order to prevent a patient’s wishes from being ignored or refused.

Rhodes University to ask police to look into Khensani Maseko rape claim

Rhodes University to ask police to look into Khensani Maseko rape claim

Rhodes University spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs talks about measures they are putting in place to curb rape culture at the university.

[LISTEN] It’s not sex if is she says no at any point! - Bongani Bingwa

[LISTEN] It’s not sex if is she says no at any point! - Bongani Bingwa

Breakfast show host Bongani Bingwa reacts to the the tragic suicide of Khensani Maseko following a rape some months ago.

[LISTEN] Brother-in-law shares tribute to UCT professor, Dr Mayosi

[LISTEN] Brother-in-law shares tribute to UCT professor, Dr Mayosi

The University of Cape Town professor died by suicide on Friday after a long battle with depression.

Popular articles
Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

Blueberry production – and employment - skyrockets to all-time high

In 2014, 1000 people had blueberry jobs. By 2023 it could be 26 000. Bruce Whitfield interviews the industry's Sean Tager.

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

[WATCH] Man records every treadmill run over 8 months... and shows weight loss

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

[WATCH] Father and daughter dance-off changes tune when she starts twerking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Criminals using borer beetle to scam residents

Criminals using borer beetle to scam residents

Ecological farmer Paul Barker urges locals to get a second opinion if anyone says a tree is infested.

[WATCH] Good Samaritan assists woman after man tries to film her undies on train

[WATCH] Good Samaritan assists woman after man tries to film her undies on train

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.