You Are Not To Blame

Author Interview
Rita Wright Author Interview

Under the Fig Tree shares your personal story of loss and helps others cope with and prevent suicide. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The book was important to write for several reasons. Firstly, the book was written to give Anna’s art a voice. Many people, who find sharing their feelings challenging, describe their inner self by mediums such as art, writing, music and other creative avenues.

Although Anna has shown fashion designs and illustrations via BBC world service and fashion houses, her graphite work, which speaks of her emotional turmoil, is yet to be exhibited – but can now be seen in this book as an introduction into the complexities of her troubled inner world.

What is one piece of advice that has helped you the most after losing your daughter?

One piece of advice that helped me was to find an outlet for my grief was by speaking with others who had lost a child to suicide. Being alone with your grief is dangerous. You must interact with others and realise you are now part of a bigger picture.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about suicide?

A common misconception  – three words – blame shame and Stigma (BSS).

These perilous internal messages that are prevalent in suicide.

You are not to blame. There is nothing shameful about your loved one taking their life.

The Stigma needs to be erased globally.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I hope the reader will take away the above and find meaningful ways of coping via communication whether they are suicidal thoughts or post suicide survival.

Author Links: Website | Facebook

This book is a searingly honest personal story of suicide. As Rita Wright navigates her way through the loss of her daughter, Anna Wright, she demonstrates how anxiety, panic, and depression do not have to end in death. Suicide prevention, and survival after losing a loved one through suicide are the core elements of this book. Learning how to express dark and suicidal thoughts before we reach crisis point from which there is no coming back is the central message. Understanding how creativity leads to a clearer understanding and has the potential to save lives is paramount. This is a personal and professional insight into why some people can manage their emotions, whereas others, with an inbuilt fragility, melancholia, and what she refers to as a genetic ‘naked nerve’, seek relief in death. Under the Fig Tree is a dramatic true-life, twenty-first century story of one girl whose feelings and troubles are replicated worldwide, demonstrating how chronic trauma or being constantly drip-fed negativity and frustration have dire consequences. Today, suicides, like Covid 19, are at pandemic levels. People who have never suffered from mental health issues are falling foul to depression and anxiety in a world that has changed irrevocably. Lack of global funding makes charities and foundations imperative if we are to relieve our agony.

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