On the Passing of Anthony Bourdain

Typically, I would not write about the death of a celebrity, but I want to speak about Anthony Bourdain, the renowned celebrity chef and travel show host who died this week by his own hand. 

Bourdain is a celebrity whom I admire so much for he dedicated his life to bringing people closer.  With his shows and his relatable style of journalism, Bourdain managed to introduce us to so many so many different cultures from all over the world.  Bourdain touched all corners of the Earth and shared with us what he learned.  He had lunches in Palestine, parties in Borneo, witnessed street violence in Brazil, and hunted pheasants in Montana.  Every time he went somewhere new in his show, I felt like I was right there with him.  He has been an inspiration to me since I first watched No Reservations as a teenager and I have continued learning from him after he switched to CNN with Parts Unknown.  

But clearly, he was a man in pain.  Despite what, on the surface, appeared to be an amazing life many dream of, Bourdain was facing internal demons in which he felt he could not escape.  

And Bourdain is not alone in this struggle.

Many people face the same daunting difficulties in which Bourdain succumbed to.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 45,000 Americans die each year due to it.  If you are having problems, or you recognize someone is having problems, do not be afraid to speak up and seek help.  Suicide is a permanent solution to what might only be a temporary problem.  Suicide leaves behind irreversible damages; Bourdain is leaving behind an 11-year-old daughter.  There are numerous professional outlets that can help lead people on a path to comfort (see below), and there are so many people who would be happy to listen and work with you.  I know none of these problems have an easy solution, but suicide cannot be the answer. 

· National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

· Crisis Text Line
Text 741741
Crisis Text Line is a United States not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention 24/7 via SMS message by texting “741741”.

· Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-8255 ext. 1
Text 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

· Hope Line
Call/Text 919-231-4525

Hope Line can be called or texted. They operate by using active listening to support and reflect through any kind of crisis, even if not suicide related and serve the entire nation.