Just prior to Mental Health Awareness Week it was very sad to hear of well-known journalist Sally Brampton taking her own life after a long struggle with severe depression.
 
Sally had done a great deal to open up the conversation about her own illness as well as helping others towards speaking out about their own experiences and this is the important legacy that her friends and colleagues reflect upon since her passing.
 
It remains important that the dialogue continues as for many people the condition, while it may never fully go away, can be managed with the right help whenever it is required.  Therefore it is vital that mental health services are more widely accessible, correctly staffed and properly funded.
 
Above all, the powers that be need to commit to the belief that keeping people mentally healthy is just as important as keeping them physically healthy, without making any judgment or distinction between the two.