Tuesday, 10 September 2013

You Are Worthless

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I have blogged on my other space Not Even A Bag of Sugar .

This post is deeply personal and a hard one to write. Please approach with caution as it may trigger thoughts of your own. There are lots of sources of support, your GP, health professionals, Mind Charity, The Samaritans. If you feel low, get help. Don't suffer in silence.

There is a voice in my head. Sometimes it sounds like my mother, sometimes like him, sometimes its my own voice, or a teacher. Sometimes I can't even tell who it is. At times its a chorus.

Sometimes it whispers, I have to listen very carefully. Sometimes it shouts. At times its not even words, its a just a noise in my head like a boiler on the blink or a fridge that is a bit too old.

I've lived with this relentless voice since I was 3. It told me always to sleep with my face covered. It told me I had to sleep with a teddy bear. It told me never ever to sleep with my bottom uncovered. I always wore pants to bed. I still do. I still sleep with a bear. If I don't bad things will happen.

The voice is accusatory. "You think you can get through this do you? You think you are better than M or C or F? They are not here anymore I beat them. I will beat you too, just you see."

I hear of a mother committing suicide, severe PND and the voice comes in, "she couldn't get through it, your past is much more tortured than hers you can't get through it either, just do everyone a favour, do the decent thing".

I live with this voice. Not every day, it peaks and troughs.

It reached a crescendo at Easter. It yelled at me every day. I got to the end. It told me I was a rubbish wife, a crap mother, that I was dragging everyone down with me, including my best friend. It told me enough was enough. I had reached the end.

I finally confided in my husband, my friend and my friend's mother. I finally broke down to my GP and begged for help. It was bloody hard. NHS wouldn't fund, and I had to find sources of funding myself. The voice loved that "No one wants to help you, you can't do this"

I found a therapist.

It took me 7 weeks but I finally told my therapist. "I hear voices".

He said "yes, as a survivor of abuse that's normal".


He then said "you choose, you can either engage with them, or you can dismiss them. They have nothing of value to say."


They have nothing of value to say.


"Voice, shut up, you have nothing of value to say and I don't need to listen to this. Go away".

It sounds simple.

It isn't. It's like standing up to a bully, an abuser. It takes strength and courage.

But that doesn't need to come from me. It comes from my husband, my son, my best friend, my other friends, my beautiful blogging community.

I don't have to do this alone.

And neither do you.

You are not alone.


  1. Thank you for posting this. you're a brave and fantastic lady.

    Just massive love to you xo

  2. I'm reading, and I totally understand. As I type I'm under my duvet, hiding, I am useless and want it to go away. I really understand. X

  3. This perfectly written & painfully honest post proves you are anything but worthless. I hope your message gets out there. <3

  4. A very true, courageous post K. You are most definitely not worthless - everyone has value. Bit of a cliche, but this is for you xx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfyFTzZDMM

  5. I worked with you for 14 months and I could never have imagined what you had or might have been going through. I always admired (and was ever so slightly jealous) of how settled you seemed with yourself. You give off a wave of positivity to everyone around you - hope you know that :-) much love xx

  6. Such a courageous post Kylie!
    I took an overdoes once, in the hope that all the pain would go away and the voices would stop.
    Eventually, the voices did stop. They have NOTHING of value to say and they are not worth my attention. And the pain has gone away.
    KNOW that you are loved, loved, loved