10 Powerful Messages From Celebrities After Last Week's High-Profile Suicides
Last week was a heavy one.
We found out on Friday that Anthony Bourdain, chef and popular TV personality, had taken his own life. This was after many of us were still processing and mourning the suicide of well-known designer Kate Spade.
Losing people we admire — and the non-stop and sometimes sensationalistic coverage that often follows it — can feel overwhelming. That’s why we appreciate celebrities who have used their platforms to spread positive messages about suicide prevention and mental health. Here are some of the takeaways that stood out to us.
Let’s keep talking about suicide. No one deserves to suffer in silence.
1. Model Chrissy Teigen reminded us that suicide prevention hotlines — although important — aren’t for everyone.
In my deepest, darkest post-partum depression, I would have personally never called a phone number. If John or my doctor never reached out, I would have never even known. It really can be a lonely hole. Watch the people you love and don’t be afraid to speak up.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
2. Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda told us we don’t have to click on things that make us feel bad.
When you are dealing with depression / hopelessness, do me a favor. Avoid clicking on things that perpetuate that feeling.
Doing so isn’t disrespectful to the people we’ve lost. It is an acknowledgment that their pain was real. Fight against that pain. Don’t click.#Bourdain
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) June 8, 2018
3. Comedian Patton Oswalt emphasized the importance of reaching out.
National Suicide Hotline
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
4. Singer Josh Groban reminded us that others people understand what we’re going through.
You aren’t alone. You would be astounded how many understand. Surprise yourself. Step back from the edge. You are loved.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line: 741741
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 8, 2018
5. Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold shared what helped him when he was actively suicidal.
I’ll try this again: in thinking about the deaths of Bourdain and Spade, I made a post earlier today about suicide and mental health. Some comments felt I was being unsympathetic towards the mentally ill or suicidal, so I’d like to rephrase and provide more context for what I was trying to say. During a period a few years ago when I was dangerously and actively suicidal, my respect for my loved ones and my knowledge of the pain I would cause them was, truly and with no overstatement, the only effective thought I had at my disposal to prevent myself from acting. I was not saying suicide is selfish in my post. I don’t believe that. I can’t know firsthand another’s interiority, and I also have never had personal experience with a friend or loved one suffering from a truly debilitating psychological disorder. I was not speaking for all who struggle with mental health, just relaying my own lessons and conclusions following years of unwanted destructive mental activity, consistent therapy, medication, and active concerted effort towards self knowledge and education. The reason it makes me uncomfortable to see suicide lionized is because suicide has been an at-many-times daily part of my psychic reality, even still. It follows me around. When artists are made legends through suicide, I know that some segment of the impressionable population internalizes this as justification for the act. I know this because I have overcome this exact delusion. It makes me uncomfortable being more explicit, but some of the feedback made me feel the need… I am definitely unqualified to discuss the mental health of others, but it follows that so too is anyone else unqualified to judge my psychic reality and assume that this has not been an unwelcome and pernicious facet of my own lived experience, one that I’ve devoted much effort and resources towards addressing. I can say I took a break between albums to “go back to school” in interviews, but that isn’t the whole story. I have nothing but empathy for anyone struggling, and I really hope people get the help they need, and that we all make ourselves available to those close to us who need us.
6. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came in with a reminder about how precious life is.
As @NASA searches for life on Mars, we lose the life of beloved Anthony Bourdain on Earth. Implicit and explicit reminders of how precious life is, anywhere in the universe.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
7. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda told us to stay.
YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WE LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND.
*ties one end of this sentence to your heart, the other end to everyone who loves you, even the ones you haven't heard from for awhile*
THERE. STAY PUT, YOU.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 8, 2018
8. Comedian Kathy Griffin put her money where her mouth is.
Wanted to share some news..I've decided to donate $2 per ticket sold from my US tour to the @TrevorProject which focuses on suicide prevention with LGBTQ youth. Will do this for the rest of June for all shows regardless of when they're happening
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 10, 2018
9. Actress and writer Mara Wilson had a short but important message we want to shout from a rooftop.
Affordable, accessible mental health care for all, in every city.
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) June 8, 2018
10. Chef Gordan Ransay reminded us that help is only a phone call away.
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
What are some messages that inspired you this week? Tell us in the comments below.