Marcus: “On the way to school he tried to work out what was wrong with her.” Marcus says his mum is “going nuts”.
Suzie: “This isn’t anything to do with you, Marcus. You know that don’t you? I mean, you’re not the reason she … You’re not the reason she’s here.” Marcus: “how do you know” Suzie: “I just do” Marcus talking about Fiona: “She started crying again, long, low sobs that terrified him”
Depression statistics Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression, whether it be their own or someone else's, according to Australian Government statistics. The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a. Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020. Studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease.
Nick Hornby “Having Danny is like the stress of having a newborn permanently, that kind of disruption with a newborn's first weeks, and there's no change to that” Nick Hornby says Parents with Autistic children "feel a mixture of exhaustion, depression and panic”
“.. His mother started crying before breakfast, and it frightened him. Morning crying was something new, and it was a bad, bad sign. It meant that it could now happen any hour of the day without warning; there was no safe time. Up until today the mornings had been Ok; she seemed to wake up with the hope that whatever was making her unhappy would somehow have vanished overnight, in her sleep, the way colds and upset stomachs sometimes did.…and she had sounded ok this morning - not angry, not unhappy, not mad, just kind of normal and mum-like - when she had shouted for him to get a move on. But here she was, already at it, slumped over the kitchen table in her dressing-gown, a half-eaten piece of toast on her plate, her face all puffed-up, snot pouring out of her nose….. Marcus never said anything when she cried. He didn’t know what to say. He didn’t understand why she did it, and because he didn’t understand he couldn’t help, and because he couldn’t help, he just ended up standing there and staring at her with his mouth open, and she’d just carry on as if nothing was happening.” “a kiss, just a normal one, not a soppy, understanding one, and went out. Neither of them said a word. What else was he supposed to do?” “When he got home his mother was lying on the floor with a coat draped over her, watching children’s cartoons. She didn’t look up.”
Marcus sees Fiona’s “Frightening burst of sobbing, a burst that Marcus could do nothing about, no matter how many questions he asked or hugs he gave her; and then, finally, there was the breakfast crying again, and he knew for sure that things were serious and they were in trouble. But one thing had changed. Back in the first breakfast crying time, hundreds of years ago, he was on his own; now, there were loads of people. He had Will, he had Ellie.” “Marcus never had a proper talk with someone his own age before. It was different, much easier with Ellie”.
Marcus, when Fiona tries to commit suicide: “A new part of his life began, bang, without any warning at all” Marcus: “At first he was just confused; he couldn’t understand why Suzie was so mad at someone that wasn’t very well.” Marcus: “He had seen a bloke put another bloke’s eye out with a skewer in Hellhound 3, but Fiona lying on the couch after her overdose “was the scariest thing he had ever seen, by a million miles, and he knew the moment he walked in that it was something he’d have to think about forever.” pg. 66
Marcus: “He didn’t want his mother to watch anything about death… The kind of death they were trying not to think about was the quiet, sad, real kind, not the noisy, who- cares kind.” pg.75
Marcus wants his Will to be his mothers boyfriend: “So then there would be four of them, and it wouldn’t matter quite so much if one of them died. Well it would matter, of course it would matter, but at least it wouldn’t leave somebody completely on their own.”
Will talking about Fiona’s attempted suicide: “He was completely absorbed in this – absorbed almost to the point of enjoyment”.
Marcus: “Will had told him to watch out for his mum on New Year’s Eve, and though he didn’t explain why, Marcus could guess: a lot of people who weren’t happy killed themselves then.”
Marcus: “Ever since the Dead Duck Day he had imagined his mother‘s suicide to be something like the edge of a cliff.. On the Dead Duck Day it had been way to close, two wheels over the edge and lots of terrible skidding noises” Pg.188.
Depression statistics (as found from Beyond Blue’s website studies) At least 4% of preschoolers are clinically depressed. 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression. 30% of women are depressed. Men's figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher. 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness. 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help. 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment. 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment. 15% of depressed people will commit suicide.