The iconic singer, CoCo Lee, passed away today due to suicide. Every suicide, whether of a known or an unknown person, raises many questions – Why did it happen? What was going on in their life? Could it have been prevented? And the more successful the person, the more stunned the world is at their decision to end their life – How could someone who seemingly had it all take such a devastating decision?
While it may be tempting to attribute a celebrity’s suicide to the many stressors associated with their public life, the reality is that mental health concerns are often at the root of these tragic events. It’s important to remember that despite the seemingly glamorous lifestyles that celebrities may lead, they are human beings who face the same emotional struggles as anyone else. CoCo Lee became a global sensation from the young age of 19, and at 48, she finally gave in to the depression she had been battling for years.
This brings me to a very important question – Does anyone ever die of suicide?
No! People die due to the demons they are fighting within – depression, anxiety, mental illnesses, addiction, and a failure to process emotions for too long. Breaking free from the societal stigma and internalized shame around mental health issues is essential.
Some warning signs may indicate someone is at risk for suicide, such as talking about wanting to die or hurt oneself, expressing feelings of hopelessness, talking about being a burden to others, increasing alcohol or drug use, withdrawing from friends and activities, abnormal mood swings, and giving away prized possessions.
Let’s look at some causes of suicide and how to address them –
- Stressful life events – One of the most common causes of suicide is stress from a major life event. This could be anything from losing a job to getting divorced. If you’re going through something like this, it’s important to reach out to friends and family for support. You should also consider talking to a therapist who can help you manage your stress and cope better.
- Mental illness – Mental illness is another leading cause of suicide. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health disorder, seeking professional help is essential. A therapist can provide the tools to manage your symptoms and live a happy life.
- Substance abuse – Substance abuse is another common cause of suicide. If you’re using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress or mental illness, get help! Many treatment options are available, so you can find one that best meets your needs.
- Hopelessness – Feeling hopeless can also lead to suicide. If you feel there’s no way out of your current situation, talking to a mental health expert can give you hope and help you see that other options are available.
- Relationship problems – Relationship problems like divorce, breakups, bullying, and family conflict are other common causes of suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with relationship problems, it is crucial to seek professional help.
- Bullying – Bullying is another common cause of suicide. Bullying can refer to physical bullying, verbal bullying, cyberbullying, and social isolation. If you or someone you know is being bullied, do not hesitate to seek support.
Suicide is a tragic and complex issue that requires comprehensive understanding and compassionate response. It’s often the result of an intricate interplay of psychological, social, and environmental factors. Society as a whole has a role to play in creating a culture of empathy and understanding around this topic to help prevent such devastating losses.
It’s time we embrace authenticity and vulnerability to speak more openly about our mental health issues – not just in the cascades of posts when a celebrity dies but always.