I wanted to put this here because one of my favorite entertainers, Anthony Bourdain, has committed suicide at the age of 61. Suicides of celebrities always strike me very hard. (I’m still not over Robin Williams death, and its been over two years.)
The actress, Olivia Munn had words for Asia Argento, her close friend and Bourdain’s girlfriend, and I feel like so much of what she said is spot on. Suicide is not about wanting to die. Its about being in so much pain, that you just want it to end, and most of the time it is a hormonal thing, that’s beyond your control. You are going to need help. (The trouble is recognizing that.)
When I was younger, I suffered from great bouts of depression, and was sometimes suicidal, but there was a small part of me that realized I didn’t actually want to die. I just wanted the pain and despair to end, and I was able to recognize that I needed help. I haven’t had such a bout in many, many, years, but that has not stopped me from identifying with those who are going through it.
I really like Asia Argento, as much as I liked Bourdain, and my heart goes out to her. He doesn’t need my prayers, because his pain is over, but he has left plenty of pain behind, and I feel for her, and the rest of his family.
“For those who don’t understand depression, when someone is in that place it’s not because they want to die,” the 37-year-old wrote. “It’s because the ongoing relentless darkness is too painful to endure anymore.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).