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Ann @notesforreview
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With the shocking @ABSStats #suicide rate stats circulating, thought I’d share my story for 1st time. I attempted suicide in March, no one thought I’d survive but I did, luckily with no remaining physical consequences. I’d been doing a PhD & supervisor found out I had bipolar 1/6
(which was well managed, not interfering in any way) & started to see all stress (normal to a PhD) as the bipolar & decided I couldn’t do it (I’d received a scholarship for being the best commencing 1st yr PhD student in entire uni). Cue bullying & discrimination. 2/6
Uni helpful at first, advisor even indicated supervisor was sabotaging my work. That person was promoted & new one didn’t care. Supervisor got NHMRC grant & media attention & suddenly I was at fault. This bought back the depression & it wasn’t worth staying. I couldn’t get 3/6
another job. Overqualified for everything. Money ran out so I attempted suicide. 6 months later still have no job, no money, often wondering where next meal will come from. Still applying for jobs, but no luck (volunteer to ease boredom). Trying to study to get back to 4/6
a career with more job opportunities, but that will take 2-3 years. After a lot of work, mentally I’m well now (great psychiatrist & psychologist), but living this way is taking its toll, & I’m only here in the first place because of stigma and discrimination. 5/6
#SuicidePrevention is multifaceted & complex, but much more needs to be done to improve #SDOH With a better environment I would have thrived. My motivation to get the bipolar well-managed in the first place was the desire to do a PhD - that PhD, literally nearly killed me 6/6
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