Another suicide. Chester Bennington, 41 of the band Linkin Park. Just a few months before, it was Chris Cornell, 52 of Soundgarden.
They were close friends. Bennington has ended his life journey on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Words of shock and accolades are filling social media and the airwaves.
How can this be? Someone who has everything?
Mental illness does not discriminate. It matters not what race, religion, how much money you are worth.
We live in a society that is shocked by suicide but is unwilling to acknowledge or take mental illness seriously. It is still the embarrassing illness. “Girl, you know she’s crazy.” “Yay, man. He just isn’t right in the head.” The stigma is as strong as ever.
We are witnessing history and the value our government places on the well-being of the mentally ill. All health care benefits for the mentally ill have been eliminated.
As a person who has a diagnosis of recurrent severe depression, days like today are especially hard. I am reminded of my mortality. I am a rare statistical survivor for the number of years I have fought this illness.
I am not Wonder Woman. Mental illness does, like today, win the battle. #gratefulsurvivor
People wonder how any one could possibly commit such a horrendous act.
Mental illness is the disease of a sick brain. When a person gets to the point in their thought process that death is the only option — like a stage 4 cancer — it has poisoned a brain to a point that it is no longer capable of rational thought.
I guess it is callous to say don’t take it personally. But, those close cannot. That’s the heartbreak of it all really. You watch, you help, but you can’t save them.
Today I am thankful
- I splurged on a pedicure. It was delightful. I now have funky blue toes.
- A heartfelt thank you to each of you who reads my words and takes a moment to hit the like button or a minute to leave me a DM or a note below. Your support is invaluable.
- I am reminded with each passing day, an action is worth so much more than words. To you who take the time, thank you.
My heart goes out to all those affected by the approximately 121 suicides that happened in the United States today. *American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
My heart goes out to all those affected by the loss of Chester Bennington. Sadly, most people are more loved and famous in death than life.
Before I close, please, I beg of you, if you or anyone you know is thinking of hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
affectionately yours, Laura