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Editor's Viewpoint: Lee's brave step is a lesson for anyone with depression

Lee Tavinder and wife Selena with daughters Rachel and Charlotte and their dog Marley
Lee Tavinder and wife Selena with daughters Rachel and Charlotte and their dog Marley

Editor's Viewpoint

It is common when someone takes their own life for others to wonder why and say that the person never displayed any adverse tendencies and seemed to have no worries.

 Irish League referee Lee Tavinder, who tried to take his own life three years ago, was so adept at hiding the depression he suffered that not even his own family knew his mental torture. He had no idea how to stop the cycle of negative thoughts and the shame of his condition prevented him talking to anyone about it.

It was only when he could hide no longer after his condition was revealed that he sought help and regained the will to live, a lesson for everyone weighed down by the black dog that is depression.

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