In shock, out of words, and deeply concerned. This is how I felt as I first heard the news that designer icon Kate Spade had taken her own life. An inspiring woman who encouraged us to ‘Live Colorful’ with each of her products and designs. I’ve bought her handbags and felt deeply inspired by her unique entrepreneurial spirit. Her vision inspired us to be bold, optimistic, happy, chic, colorful, timeless and spirited.
Yet, she was dealing with all the complete opposite in her personal life. At least this is what I think. And at the same time, it hits me. How can a person feel at such a dark place that would decide on taking their own life? How far can depression go? And how long before we actually accept that mental health is a real issue? Unfortunately, the world we live in is a joke. People are constantly freaking out about what happens in the lives of their celebrity crushes, or their favorite youtubers. The sizes they wear and how not to become a target in the next body shamming campaign. Now, people’s lives are based on likes, and follows, and how popular they are on social media. Yet no one is paying attention to the real world. To the seriousness of all that’s happening, of how depression takes a toll on someone’s life without even blinking. How power, and money, can make you fall so deep that you feel there is no way out to all that is tormenting you. But even if you are not living the lush life, the feelings are the same. We are all vulnerable to this demon that is depression. The problem is, not everyone cares. No one listens anymore. To anyone. And this scares me! As a mom of teenagers it freaks me out that the society we live in is insensitive, selfish, and self-centered. That this society no longer cares for the next door neighboor, and even worse, the world we live in doesn’t care about anyone, anywhere. Just themselves. And that is disgusting. It’s completely, and utterly, disgusting. I don’t have a magic wand, and I can’t change all that is wrong in the world, but I can definitely start at something. No matter how small my presence is in this world, I can make a difference, we can make a difference.
To you, who reads me with tears in your eyes, with your heart broken, and are feeling lonely, desperate, and lost. If you are struggling, if you need to speak to someone, I am here to tell you that I will listen. In all confidentiality, I am here for you, and I care. I can assure you that there is a way out. You are special. There are people who care for you. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone and YOU MATTER!
You mean the world to someone! You are important to many people and you are loved. Most of all, GOD loves you and will not forsake you.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33
And to you, fellow friend who cares, let’s extend a helping hand, let’s us not remain silent about mental health, and above all, I encourage you to LISTEN, to CARE.
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