A few days ago (a native of Columbia, South Carolina) the star that played the main character on Disney’s Jet Jackson and who most recently played Detective Barry Frost in Rizzoli & Isles took his own life. Lee Thompson was only 29 years old.http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/lee-thompson-young-dead-of-apparent-suicide-celebs-react-to-famous-jett-jackson-stars-death-2013198
I am sure that this tragic event took his family, friends and loved ones by surprise http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/lee-thompson-young. I am equally certain that the Disney fans were set off guard by the death of this beautiful young man. Who could have known that sadness lurked just behind those lovely brown eyes? It is difficult to know what someone is really thinking, most of all feeling and what is really going on in someone’s life. A smile can hide so much.
These are difficult times that we are living in with high unemployment, so many not having enough to eat, most living paycheck to paycheck, many not having access to much needed healthcare and proper housing. So many suffering in silence with mental illness because indeed it is a disease- sometimes just as biological in nature as most “physical” diseases, one might be able to name (however misunderstood).
Just because Lee was famous does not mean that he was exempt from the very same feelings that many of our youth are feeling today. We have heard stories of young people who are homeless, sometimes living inside of their automobiles yet still attending school. I remember reading about a young person who suffered from a disease that many do not understand called TMAU (which I also suffer from), who had contemplated suicide because of the inability of society to understand. One really does not know what someone else is going through. Sometimes you really have to ask or even pry in order to find out. However, it is really worth it, if you can prevent someone from taking their life.
In this day in age, social media is both a blessing and a curse. For example, having one good friend is worth and equal to hundreds of friends one might have on Facebook. Yet and still, some have reported their intentions on social media and have been “talked” out of it. If someone can reach out, that is contemplating ending their life, it is not just a blessing to them but to all those who love them. You see, one may think that they are ending their life thus ending their pain but the pain just begins for all those that they leave behind. I beg to differ with that famous song – “Suicide is NOT Painless”. REACH OUT TO ANYONE OR EVERYONE OR JUST ONE. Just like being in the right place to save someone’s life, remember that your life affects more people than you know and quite frankly WE NEED YOU RIGHT HERE WHERE YOU ARE. Godspeed.