I missed Suicide Prevention day, which was September 10th, but this is still a subject that speaks to my heart and I wanted to share with you a Facebook post I came across that really, well to be completely honest, pissed me off!
It wasn’t long after Anthony Bourdain’s death I came across said Facebook post which said something along the lines of disgust at how we mourn the death of a celebrity who commits suicide when there are so many veterans who commit suicide and nothing is done about it.
Yes, it is incredibly sad that so many of our veterans do not get the help they deserve, and it’s incredibly sad how so many suffer with PTSD and that to them, reality is so bad they would rather die than live, but this isn’t just sad for veterans, it’s sad of ANYONE who struggles, regardless of celebrity status.
Anthony Bourdain may have been just another celebrity to you, but he was still a person, he was someone’s husband, father, neighbor, mentor, and friend. How dare someone devalue his life just because of his status!
Of course celebrities are going to get noticed more than anyone else, that’s the society we live in, and I’m not saying that our veterans shouldn’t have better health care coverage, and honestly, mental health needs to be taken more seriously. So many people are so quick to judge, and so many people have their “cures,” but the truth is you have no idea what is going through people’s minds. I have friends who speak of depression and just getting out of bed feels like a chore, hell, sometimes breathing feels like a chore. Can you imagine how that feels, to have to make a conscious effort to breathe?
Please don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but the utmost respect and gratitude for our military. Those who have served, are currently serving, and those who will serve, you all are my hero and heroins! Really, THANK YOU!!! From the bottom of my heart, Thank YOU!!
If you are struggling, I beg of you to seek help! I’m not a professional, but I am a great listener if you ever need an outlet, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me.
Please don’t be ashamed to seek help, it’s there for a reason. YOU are here for a reason. Please, please, ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING!!
And if you ever feel alone, my friends, you can take comfort in the fact of knowing you’re not. While I’m sure there are many songs on the subject, there’s one that comes to my mind:
“Fade To Black” – Metallica
ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING!!
Love & life lessons,