Land of Not Knowing
Suicide: Can talk or not?
Ng Kah Gay
ModeratorPublisher, Ethos Books
PanelistDirector, Land of Not Knowing
Dr Jared Ng
PanelistConsultant, Emergency and Crisis ServicesInstitute of Mental Health
PanelistCo-Founder, PleaseStay Movement
Mrs Tan-Lee Yoke Yin
PanelistDeputy Director, Samaritans of Singapore
“I have had nothing bad happen to me except my own doing. I have let this cowardice envelop me, and I can’t shake it off. I will commit the worst thing you can ever do to someone who loves you: killing yourself. The scary thing is, I’m okay with that.” —Victoria McLeod, Singapore, March 30, 2014
Loss Adjustment is a mother’s recount of her 17-year-old daughter’s suicide. In the wake of Victoria McLeod’s passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor’s state of mind after devastating loss.
Loss Adjustment involves the endless why’s, the journey of Linda Collins and her husband in honouring Victoria, and the impossible question of what drove their daughter to this irretrievable act. A stunningly intimate portrait of loss and grief, Loss Adjustment is a breaking of silence—a book whose face society cannot turn away from.