I am beyond devastated about the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I’m sad because maybe these lives could have been saved if only we made people who suffer from mental illness feel comfortable talking about it.
I myself have battled anxiety and depression throughout my young adolescents into adulthood and was lucky enough to have family and friends who were there to listen and offer help. I used to be embarrassed to talk about my mental health and some times still am around certain people. It’s the looks that you get, the reaction that shows that someone might think you’re crazy. Anxiety and Depression is an illness no different than someone with cancer. It just effects the person in a way that may not be visible to the human eye. If society starts to treat mental health issues as an illness and not something to be embarrassed about then maybe, just maybe, we can save the lives of the ones we love.
If you suffer from depression and or have had thoughts of taking your life, know that you are not alone, you are not crazy, you’re just a normal human being that has become sick. Although the journey may be long, you will get better. Most importantly, know that someone out there loves you very much.
RIP Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and the many other loved ones we have lost to suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889)
Crisis Text Line: Text 741741.