When People Only Care About Mental Health When Someone Famous Dies

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We should care about mental health all the time, not just when someone famous dies.

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen social media and television outpour its love, condolences, and ‘thoughts and prayers’ to the families of personalities like fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain, who both tragically succumbed to their depression through suicide.

While it’s unifying for people to be talking about depression and why it leads some people to take their lives in light of the deaths of these beloved famous personalities, we have to keep the momentum going with the discussion on mental health.

As harsh as it sounds, it’s the usual: someone famous is reported to have died by suicide, an outpour of love and calls for mental health support, and then the furor on concern for mental health, at least in the mainstream, will seem to die down until the next death is reported.

Jada Pinkett-Smith, actress and host of the Facebook show Red Table Talk took to her Instagram saying that “mental health is something we should practice daily.”

In a post showing a side-by-side image of Spade and Bourdain, Smith recounted her experiences with mental health struggles, encouraging others to be proactive in how they manage their day-to-day activities with their mental health always in consideration.

One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on… either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.

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While their deaths are immensely tragic for their families and the millions of people all over the world who were inspired by their careers, hopefully these events can lead mental health discussion into the mainstream.

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