Depression and Suicide: All That Glitters Ain’t Gold

The recent suicide of two icons in their respective fields caught me off guard.

And I sat with my thoughts over the weekend because their lives deserved that and I think it’s important to measure my words.

Plus I had a history of battling depression and suicidal ideation. I know the struggle of finally climbing out of that pit, by God’s grace and a precious few people who knew my struggle, let me express it, and fought for my life when I couldn’t.

But their deaths highlighted something true for regular joes, and amplified for celebrities.

That’s our natural tendency to believe talent and success equals joy and fulfillment. Because it’s tempting to think people who have it together in some areas, have it together in all areas. And that just isn’t true.

Just because I'm smiling doesn't mean I'm okay. I may still be considering suicide.

You can be gifted and feel worthless. You can be celebrated and feel unloved. You can be popular and feel alone.