As my friend and I headed down from The Gap lookout, we noticed a someone sitting alone on the bench who seemed a bit empty.
The Gap is a really beautiful place, with high cliffs and an expansive view out to sea. But it’s hard not to have a sobering feeling when you’re surrounded by suicide warning signs and surveillance cameras.
My friend, who felt a bit sheepish initially, decided to walk back and ask if they were okay. They weren’t. She lent an arm and an ear for an hour and walked them back down to their car.
It turns out like me, they tried psychological therapies, went to hospital, and dealt with the police. But what they really wanted was someone empathetic who will be there to hear them out.