On June 5, 2018, famed designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade was found dead in her home of an apparent suicide. Celebrities and fans alike took to social media to remember and mourn the whimsical, colorful designer and celebrate her legacy. It also sparked conversation about mental health, and how someone of such stature could feel like the only way out was to take her own life.
Similar conversations sparked after actor Robin Williams and singer Chester Bennington also took their own lives, but those sparks soon fizzled out. What is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to these conversations about mental health, wealth and fame?
The missing piece is that money and fame aren’t cures for the chemical imbalances that cause depression and suicidal ideation. No number in your bank account can cure a diseased brain. You can walk red carpets and take private jets to Mallorca and Cannes but there isn’t an expensive bottle of champagne out there that will cure the sorrows of mental illness.
It’s hard watching celebrities that we’ve looked up to for so long succumb to the perils of mental illness. They seemed to have everything, so what went so horribly wrong?
If you feel the helpless weight of your mental illness weighing on your mind, body, and soul, you are not alone. There is help out there. There are others who feel your pain, who see your struggle and want to help. You are not alone. You can keep searching for happiness in the next big trend or the money in your bank account or the hottest new man on the market, but you won’t find it in anything material.
Healing comes from within. If you feel like a prisoner in your own brain, call someone. Reach out. Cry out. You are heard. You are valued. You are wanted.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255