This week brought two passings of famous people— Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Retweets and responses from people mostly post cause of death as SUICIDE.
It’s not suicide that caused their death, it’s depression. There are also a few more celebrities who have suffered depression and have ended their lives through suicide. Around the world people commit suicide because of depression which is a form a mental health. Unfortunately, mental health hasn’t been given much spotlight like cancer but its gravity is equally the same. It takes lives.
If you check social media a lot of us have sympathized with these deaths, encouraging everyone suffering from depression to reach out and to talk to family & friends because they’re not alone. Truth be told people suffering from depression knows this already yet the capacity to reach out isn’t there. Because when you’re in this dark and terrible stage in your life, reaching out isn’t an option. Your mind goes on a limbo where isolation is your world and everything else feels distant.
Which is why this is a good reminder to everyone.
tweet from @Caissie
YOU REACH OUT.
I’ve suffered from PPD (post partum depression) after I gave birth to both my kids. The late night feedings when my baby & I were the only ones awake made me feel like I’m spiraling down a pit of endless darkness. It wasn’t something I want but it was what I was feeling. The joy of being a mom was overpowered with dark thoughts—anxiety & fear consumed me. It was scary AF (yes millennial).
I don’t think my family & friends know during the time I was suffering from PPD that I was in that state. I somewhat managed to function well in the mornings simply because I had no choice but come night time was a different story. My thoughts consumed me.
The only thing that got me through was the thought that I am needed by my kids and that I have to get out of the funk. It wasn’t easy. It took all of me to figure out what I was feeling. It felt like I was literally fighting a demon residing in my mind. I turned to God for guidance and eventually got out of it.
Now I couldn’t imagine how people with depression go through daily life. How consuming it is to struggle each and every single day. Being kind to others is one of the simple things we can everyday because each and everyone of us is dealing with something in our lives. Aside from this reaching out to your family & friends is another way of showing how you care. A simple hi and hello won’t hurt especially now that being in constant communication is made easy.
image grabbed from @paoloparaiso ‘s Instagram stories.
Read more about depression from one of Anthony Bourdain’s ex girlfriends here: https://www.someecards.com/news/news/anthony-bourdains-ex-girlfriend-shares-powerful-depression/
Mental illness can be treated like any illness but it takes a lot of help from a professional & a support system. Prayers to everyone going through a rough time in their lives. Just remember that “this too shall pass.”