“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” – Plato

I am shocked and saddened to learn of the news of the tragic passing of Charlotte Dawson today.

I met Charlotte through Twitter around 4 years ago, and maintained a friendship with her over the years,

She always supported my writing, often sending my articles out into the Twitterverse.

We had several private conversations throughout the years about our own personal battles of sometimes being in states of absolute despair, particularly that of the devastating toll that infertility has had on both of us as women.

My former husband spent quite a lot of time with her whilst filming Celebrity Apprentice that our company worked closely with. She was liked by all on set, was kind, and acted as mentor to the other contestants.

Charlotte assisted me just the other week when I approached her on how to deal with the recent abuse I received via Twitter over one of my articles. She was kind and gracious in advising me to try to ignore it and not engage, and to not doubt my writing abilities.

I do not know the circumstances surrounding her death, so I will not weigh in uninformed on this matter, however I will say this.

Bullying is never ok.

Whilst that old saying of “names will never hurt me” has some weight to it, it unfortunately isn’t entirely true in today’s society of social media technology.

Depression and mental illness is a potentially life threatening affliction, and one that should be taken seriously.

I am devastated at the loss of a strong and confident women who I looked up to on so many levels.

If you, or anyone you know is suffering, please reach out for help and seek assistance. Nobody should have to fight this battle alone. And please, be kind to one another.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

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