Kate Spade passed away on June 5, 2018.
Anthony Bourdain passed away only days later June 8, 2018.
For weeks, articles discussing suicide were in the health and lifestyle sections of magazines, newspapers and social media. As June slipped into a previous page in a calendar, July brought new tabloid fodder. From presidential scandals to Kylie Jenner’s billionaire status, the headlines for mental illness became fleeting and few, until yesterday.
Music icon Demi Lovato was hospitalized with an unknown illness and speculation immediately ran rampant as to it’s possible relation to her struggles with sobriety or her past acknowledgement of her battle with mental illness.
It begs – – no, it implores the question: Why is the narrative of mental illness only in the spotlight when those with wealth and fame are the victims?
While it highlights that the disease of mental illness does not discriminate and no matter your station in life, it’s pain is powerful and palpable. We must acknowledge that as a society that we must continue the narrative going beyond the headlines. Long after feature pieces in magazines, long after celebrity donations to charitable causes, long after a new headline comes out in our 24/7 news cycle, pledge to keep vigilant. Mental illness never sleeps.