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“Even” Professionals Have “Problems”

“Even” Professionals Have “Problems”

This article will discuss suicide. If you are having troubling thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help immediately by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Kate Spade seemed to have it all, according to the media. Happily married, beautiful daughter, loving friends and family, plus a once in a lifetime legacy. The fashion designer changed women’s fashion with her simplistic, bold, feminine designs and quickly built an empire. When her death by suicide was revealed to the media in June of 2018, the world was at once shocked and moved to scorn. How could she be depressed? How could she not seek help if she had a mental illness? How could she drink alcoholically and be unhappy? She was, after all the Kate Spade.

Just a few days after Kate Spade’s passing came another tragic loss in the celebrity space as news surfaced world famous chef, critic, author, and host Anthony Bourdain took his life as well. For Anthony, the response was different. On the waves of mourning for Kate Spade, there was an outcry to bring more awareness to mental illness, to the reality of suicide, and to the delusion of “even”.

When iconic lives are taken, the word “even” gets used often. Even a fashion-world changing icon could be struggling with unhappiness. Even Anthony Bourdain, the man who lived the dream life of millions traveling the world eating delicious food, could be depressed.

As an adverb, the word “even” is used to emphasize something “surprising or extreme”. Media which uses this problematic word to discuss the deaths of celebrities forget that they are talking about the deaths of people. If you were to take out the famous name or the fancy designations, you’d have something like this: even people get depressed, or, even people have thoughts of suicide. Suddenly, the event is far less scandalous and much more normal.

Living with experiences of mental illness is normal for people of all levels of profession, income, and renown. There is no quantity of life or status which grants immunity to human beings who can develop mental illness. Professionals who are struggling with addiction and/or mental illness can prevent themselves from seeking the help they need by convincing themselves of their status.

If you are a professional needing help, call us today. Don’t wait.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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