Friday link roundup 6/8

In light of recent celebrity suicides and for the sake of general advocacy and awareness, graphic designer/artist Emily McDowell’s recent Instagram post (below) is worth reading. I know I’ve mentioned her before, and her work and her page is worth checking out in general.

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I’m seeing a lot of well-intentioned but misinformed comments about Kate Spade’s (heartbreaking) death. Things like, “if only she’d known how many women she’d inspired and how beloved she was.” Or “it really goes to show that success doesn’t buy happiness.” Here’s why this thinking is misguided:🌱 Even though science has proven it a million times over, our culture doesn’t yet fully recognize that MENTAL ILLNESS IS A BRAIN DISEASE, just like hepatitis is a liver disease. Depression (and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and everything else) affects our brain— the organ we use to make decisions. If you’re suffering from suicidal depression, it doesn’t matter how beloved you are or how much you love your family or how much money you have, because your brain is telling you that despite all those things, suicide is your only option. (Or that you need to isolate yourself, sleep all day, or other behavior that a healthy brain would recognize as bad decisions.) This is one reason mental illness is so deadly: the part of our body that’s affected is the same part that’s responsible for our behavior. It’s like if you broke your leg and then had to use that leg to walk to the hospital. 🌱 The other reason mental illness is so deadly: shame and stigma around seeking help. Reports are saying Kate resisted inpatient treatment because she worried about the effect it would have on her “happy” brand image. Depression is an ILLNESS. It’s not weakness. It’s not your fault. And it’s impossible to think or reason your way out of it without help, due the part of your body that’s ill. 🌱 If you are suffering, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. Call them. They are great. I know, because I’ve called. #noshame Or text TALK to 741-741 if you prefer texting. The world is a better place with you in it. #mentalhealth #mentalillness #endthestigma #depression #suicideprevention #emilyonlife

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I also appreciate today’s post:

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Heartbroken over Anthony Bourdain news. Heartbroken for his family and friends. Heartbroken for all the people struggling with their own disease in the wake of two very high-profile suicides in the past week. Check in on your people. Take care of each other. If you’re feeling like hurting yourself, please, please reach out to someone. You have other options. In the US, text TALK to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255. I’ve done it. It’s okay. #noshame // My last post, about depression/mental illness, is resonating with a lot of you guys, ICYMI. It’s become our most-liked/shared post in history, which makes me very proud, because it’s so, so, so infinitely more important than a Valentine card. ❤️❤️❤️ #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #endthestigma

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On survivors: those who have lost loved ones to suicide and/or attempted suicide themselves, and how these news stories bring things up.

In one kindergarten classroom in Massachusetts, the teacher uses the tune of a nursery rhyme to teach about what to do in case of a lockdown.

How social media can help or hinder mental health and body image.

According to a study, honey bees may understand the concept of zero .

Just because: a website that regularly posts pictures of cute cats and kittens.


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