Life Loss and Mental Health

Life Lessons: Discussion on Life, Loss & Mental Health.

We were shocked by the loss of fashion designer Kate Spade and we were even more torn just a few days later when we learned of the death of world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. Both were amazing creatives with a passion and talent that few can replicate or imitate.

Their ability to bring us into their world and add joy to our lives through the beauty they created in their respective fields was undeniable and they will be truly missed. Our hearts are especially broken for their children, family and close friends who will feel the searing impact of their loss and have to live with the tragic way in which they chose to end it all.

Creatives like Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and the late comedian Robin Williams are truly sensitive souls, they possess this characteristic which gives them their zest for life, their confidence and their dynamic talent that we all adore. This characteristic is their ability to give 100% of themselves, to open up and let the world in, to create a beautiful world and invite us all to share, see and experience it as they do.

This sensitivity that allows them to feel stronger, think deeper and dwell longer can also create a place where they feel trapped. Where the power of their mind becomes their greatest enemy, because when you give so much of yourself and let everyone in, they take a little piece of that spark with them be it for good or bad.

This is why it's more important than ever for those of us who are surrounded and are fortunate enough to know these beautiful souls, that we look past the world they've created and draw us into, and see the true state of the man or woman or child. To ensure that they are not giving too much, that we are not taking too much from them. That life is not taking its toll and reducing them to a shell of what they once were, even when it seems like they are at the pinnacle of life.

Too many families and friends are left blindsided when these beautiful souls choose to end their lives, most unaware that their mental state was so far gone. Let us all pay a little more attention to each other and be the ear that listens, the shoulder to cry on, the hand to hold and the brave soul that says it's okay to get help, I am here for you.

With suicide rates on the rise, it is more important than ever to be able to recognize the signs that someone we know or love is crying out for help, even when they don't say it. If you or someone you know is struggling with some form of mental illness including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder etc or simply need someone to talk to. Please do not hesitate to reach out and encourage them to get help by calling the US national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Canadian  Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566.

We leave you with this beautiful poem, we hope it will inspire you to take the time to show the people in your life that you care.

Look at me. Can you see?
Do you know that I'm hurting?
Can you tell that I'm in pain?
Can you see my heart cry though no tears are on my face?
Can you hear my call for help even when no words are spoken?
Look at me. Really look at me.
Can You See?

-Poem by Lush Fab Glam Founder, MJ-

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