Ode to the Ones Suffering in Silence

A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.
Lilly Singh

I write this for all the human being suffering in silence due to depression. Mental illness doesn’t care about income level or title. Many take their own lives in obscurity and alone. Only the families suffer through the devastation of the loss. They must ask the hard questions why and most of the time there is no answer or reason for why a loved one takes their own life and there are no words to soothe the wound left behind. I believe you must walk many miles in their shoes to understand why they thought death by their own hand was the only way out.  I don’t feign understanding. I have close personal experience with the issue of mental health. The help and support is in place but we still don’t comprehend the depth of the desparation. All one can do is offer help as needed.
When we have suspicion that a loved one is suffering we must try to intervene and motivate them in acquiring the assistance needed. Some are embarrassed to admit they need help, but it’s our duty, as lovingly as possible, to lead them to the proper mental health professional.  I have no illusions that you can make a person do anything. They must want to embark on the journey to mental health on their own. I pray for the thousands of families who are navigating these horrible tragedies. I advocate for the many suffering and dying that the world will never know. Their voices need to continue to be heard. Furthermore, I pray for the families of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The world is less interesting without them to share their gifts.