Olivia Munn Speaks: On Suicide

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.”

I have had need of this hotline myself, and yes, it really does help!

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



One thought on “Olivia Munn Speaks: On Suicide

  1. Mary Burrell

    For those who haven’t experienced depression and the darkness of the soul, it is hard to understand. My initial response in my personal thoughts regarding Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, was they had everything. They had fame and money and those things would make me happy. But I am realizing that fame and money don’t bring happiness. I guess if that were true, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and Prince would all still be here. Learning of Anthony Bourdain’s death made me very sad and I am so sad for his family and friends. He lived an extraordinary life.

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