Money doesn't buy happiness.
Looks can be deceiving.
Two celebrity deaths this week are being considered suicides, reminding the world that suicide and depression don't discriminate.
The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have both been declared apparent suicides.
From the outside these two seemed to have everything we want. We see them on screen smiling brightly. Their careers were successful and their bank accounts reflected their long-time commitment to their respective arts.
Within hours after the news of Bourdain's death Friday morning, media outlets were reporting that they'd seen an uptick in suicide prevention hotline calls.
While celebrities are often put on pedestals, events like these are sobering reminders that we’re all people. We’re all more alike than we often realize. We all have struggles and moments of weakness. We all occasionally feel overwhelmed, over-worked or disappointed.
If you feel like you might be alone, you’re not.
If you’re hurting, ask for help.
If you, or someone you know, need help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.
People can be smiling, “throwing kindness around like confetti,” but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to depression or suicidal thoughts. Someone’s life can be filled with color, flavor and adventure, and they can still be fighting a battle the world doesn’t see.
Let’s let this week serve as a reminder that we’re all in this together. A reminder to be kind to one another, because you never know what battle someone is fighting.