I don’t have a category for this. I don’t have the tags for this kind of post.
Satish Singh passed away on Monday 2nd October in Austin, TX. I’d only known him for a short time via the merging of the EMC Elect and Dell Rockstars programmes and had been lucky enough to have met him at Dell EMC World in May this year. He was a lovely guy with a great smile and oodles of enthusiasm. I am terrible at this sort of thing, but you should read Mark Browne’s post as he says a lot of what I’m feeling.
In the last little while I’ve had a number of people close to me attempt to take their lives and fortunately (in my opinion) they’ve been unsuccessful. I’ve learnt a lot about mental health issues in the past 12 months. In particular I’ve learnt that we don’t know a lot about what causes these issues but we do seem awfully quick to judge people when they ask (or don’t ask) for help. I mentioned to my wife that this was a jarring event. I was sadly used to this type of thing with family and friends, but it was strange for people I know professionally to suffer from these illnesses too. But that’s the thing, everyone is someone’s family and people are just people with all the same problems that we all have.
My ask of you is that, if you ever feel like it’s all a bit much, reach out to someone. Ask for help. Heck, you can call me, e-mail me, whatever. I’ll listen. I won’t have all of the answers, but I can listen. Because we’re all in this together. And life is most certainly not always about blinking lights and speeds and feeds and competitive marketing and all that other crap. It’s about so much more than that. And sometimes the more than that bit can become a bit too much. So if you need help, please ask. If you don’t want to talk to me, in Australia you can talk to Lifeline on 131144. In the USA you can call the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
The family of Satish have setup a memorial fund for him through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). You can donate here.