Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mental Health and The Spotlight

Why does it take a celebrity suicide to bring attention to mental health and suicide? Why does it take this to have people turn their attention to mental health? 

I distresses me a little when this happens. It is sad. It makes me think of my struggles. There are people who are trying to erase stigma and show people how you can lead a life with mental illness. They write as they can or they talk to people, that will listen, about their struggles. They may be accused of posting frivolous and negative things on Facebook. These are the unsung advocates, who like me, aren't noticed. 

I strive to break stigma a little with each post. I try to get mental health struggles talked about in general conversation. I try to get people to see and open up about their hidden struggles. 

I just wish it did not take a celebrity death to get us to talk about these things. 

When I wanted to die, I could not see anything but a bleak future. I thought that no one would really notice that I was gone. My life had basically no worth and why would I stick around if I have no worth?

I do not think about my death very much. My therapist asked if I am suicidal at my last therapy appointment and I could honestly say that no I am not. 



  1. I am glad that you could answer no to that question from your therapist. You're right, it should not take a celebrity to bring awareness to such issues, but sadly that is often the case...

  2. After my brother and mother's suicides I never shied from talking about these things amongst my circle of friends and relatives - and I found many people would join the conversations and showed empathy and compassion - but of course, these discussions remain unseen in the public...we spread the little word we can in our little worlds (I've sometimes blogged about this in my old blog as well, plus about my own struggles).
    Personally I am glad of any attention that is brought to this subject, even if it is due to a death of a celebrity (who also is just another person, really).

    1. You are right. It just bothered me a little bit and I figured I would talk about it. I see that now that it is attention none the less and he was a person that struggled just like me and you.

  3. I'm glad you aren't feeling suicidal and I hope that if you do get to that point again, you'll get help again.

    I know it shouldn't take a celebrity death to erase the stigma, but if something good can come from this tragedy, I'm hopeful.

  4. I'm glad that you are in a better place now. Yes, it does seem to take a celebrity's struggles coming into the limelight for any big discussion to start. I'm glad it's being discussed, but so sorry that it takes this to do it.

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