Man, reading the news article brought tears to my eyes. I still remember the day I found out he committed suicide. I was shocked.
Yes, these things need to be discussed and brought to light. What hurts me the most is that people feel that they can’t talk about depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. I have people around me that went through their own hells: one had suicidal thoughts, another had depression for sixteen years and still deals with anxiety whenever she thinks of those early days. I’ve even had my own dark thoughts when I was at my lowest.
What I can’t understand is why people should be blamed for being open about mental illness. Just as we get physically ill, we can get mentally and spiritually ill. And mental health is so important. To illustrate this, I will use the example of someone recovering from a physical illness. If he/ she doesn’t want to get better, physically, they will take longer, if at all, to get better. Mental illness affects spiritual illness affects physical illness affects life and people around the person, so why should it not be discussed? Sweeping it under the rug like topics of racism, rape, homicide, child abuse doesn’t solve the issue. Only when we can acknowledge that there is a problem, can we take steps to resolve it.