Stephen Fry Last
week, actor and author Stephen Fry opened up about his suicide attempt
whilst filming abroad in 2012. Speaking to comedian Richard Herring in
front of an audience, he admitted to taking a ‘huge number of pills and a
huge (amount) of vodka’ before being found by his producer. This is
Fry’s second suicide attempt; he suffers from bipolar disorder, a
condition in which suicidal thoughts are frequent and unpredictable. Fry
told the audience that as the president of the mental health charity
Mind he wanted to be open about his experiences. Our illustrations on
the mind, depression, despair and suicide might be helpful.
Nadal, the twenty seven-year-old Spaniard, has beat David Ferrer to
become the most successful tennis player ever at the French Open
Championship, as well as the first man to win a Grand Slam singles
tournament eight times. Nadal’s victory
is made sweeter by the fact that five months ago no-one expected him to
make a comeback after he tore a tendon in his knee. Our illustrations
on sport, success and perseverance might be useful.
Frankie Frankie is
a BBC One drama series written by Lucy Gannon. The show revolves around
the eponymous Frankie Maddox (Eve Myles), a dedicated district nurse
who is more emotionally involved with her job than anyone else on her
team. There is no such thing as ‘the extra mile’ for Frankie; her whole
life revolves around the comfort of her patients – even at the cost of
her personal life. As The Guardian puts it, ‘Frankie is the poster-girl for an NHS that still puts people first.’ Our illustrations explore the themes that crop up in the show, including priorities and desire.