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Summertime Sadness

I got that summertime, summertime sadness
Su-su-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness oh oh…
-Lana Del Rey

This week, 2 people who we felt we knew intimately, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, took their own lives and left so many unanswered questions, fear, sadness and grief in their wake. We have looked through dozens of images online paying tribute to both these people and you can’t help but wonder, what was overlooked? Did both Kate and Anthony feel that since they were in the public’s eye that they couldn’t get the help they needed? Or did they seek help and just never feel that there was a light at the end of the tunnel for them?

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom... is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
-Anthony Bourdain

For us at Team, knowing that there are so many sites and organizations, like ourselves, trying to act as a safe landing spot for those with depression, anxiety, addictions, suicidal thoughts...and when someone is overlooked and decides that suicide is the only way out, it feels...utterly devastating. While logically we know that support, counseling, medication, treatment, only do so much, that the internal desire to continue on must be there, the pain that suicide leaves in its wake, affects us all.

“We believe in celebrations both big and small.” Kate Spade

When we think of Kate Spade we think color, fun, stripes, glitter, high fashion, not someone who takes her own life. But you know what, there is no description that perfectly defines someone who can and will take their life through Suicide, none at all, because it affects EVERYONE. It is an equal opportunity killer, it matters not your religion, your sexuality, your home of origin, the color of your skin, or whether you are straight or gay. Why, because the trials and tribulations that lead someone to kill themselves can affect everyone, in the form of a lifelong condition, or a temporary setback, to everything in between.

“What if I just want to die?"
"Then I will be sad and disappointed that you cheated yourself out of your chance at existence. Not all of us have that opportunity, you know, to choose life.” - Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen

Let’s honor the memory of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by making sure that we, and the people we care about, are properly supported, either on our site, or the many other options that are out there in the form of websites, support groups, therapy, and counseling.

“I used to think it utterly normal that I suffered from “suicidal ideation” on an almost daily basis. In other words, for as long as I can remember, the thought of ending my life came to me frequently and obsessively.”
- Stephen Fry

We can and must do better. -Team SG

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