With the news of Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s tragic life-loss to suicide this week, I can’t help but look around and realize how deeply wounded our society is. The discussion of mental health only breaks the surface after big tragedies, when it should be something that we talk about on a daily basis.
If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ll know that I’m all about finding ways to embrace your happiness and chase your bliss. But there’s one thing that I can’t emphasize enough:
You cannot chase your bliss if you’re ill! You can’t suppress the demons in your quest to find happiness. You can’t shove them under the rug, because they’ll always find a way out. You are not your illness, but you have to be the one to seek treatment.
In a time when mental health disorders are so prevalent, we have to make sure that we normalize the discussion around them as much as we can. If you happen to see somebody that’s struggling, make yourself available to them for conversation, because far too many people feel like they have nobody to talk to in dire times. If, on the other hand, you feel like you’re sinking deeper and deeper every day, please reach out to someone (anyone). Be it a friend, a stranger on the internet, a hotline, or a therapist – anything is better than battling the monsters in your head on your own.
The reality is that it does get better, as cliché as that sounds. It’s all about riding the wave, no matter how many times you feel like it has violently thrown you under water. Because the highs… oh man, the highs are more than worth it.
If you need to call a suicide hotline, please don’t hesitate to do so.
Love and light,