Recently Gene Simmons, rock star with the band KISS, put a giant foot in his makeup-covered mouth by publicly telling depressed people to go ahead and kill themselves (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/08/15/gene-simmons-tells-depressed-people-to-kill-themselves/). This extremely-well-off public figure, who obviously considers himself above any other human beings by reason of his fame and money, has taken it upon himself to “counsel” those suffering from despair. Hopefully no one will give his words any attention or credence whatsoever. Considering that Mr. Simmons is no psychiatrist or psychologist, and claims to never have been intoxicated in his life by any substance, he is hardly an authority on subjects pertinent to what may drive a person to suicide.
Many people unwisely look to those in the public spotlight, for whatever reason, such as sports, music or film achievements, as role models. They hang on their so-called heroes’ words and actions, letting themselves be inspired and taught to act the same way. When someone like this KISS member comes along and belittles those suffering from emotional trauma by egging them on to take the ultimate step in the worst possible solution to life’s problems, there should be an automatic disclaimer published by whatever media spreads this so-called instruction.
To whomever has read or heard the taunting by either Gene Simmons or other bullies—and that’s exactly what those kind should be labeled—to destroy themselves, please, DO NOT LISTEN. Gene Simmons and his ilk do not have any idea what you are going through. They lack the sensitivity and maturity to be capable of giving advice to anyone. Are you going to let some rich guy who could not care less about you to tell you how to solve your problems? He and his cohorts bear no responsibility for what may become of you. They likely will never face lawsuits for your wrongful death (although they ought to if anyone takes such “advice”) nor will they feel the slightest twinge of guilt. This is a symptom of sociopathic behavior, and a far more insidious form of mental illness than depression. Sociopathic behavior cannot be cured; depression can, and in many instances is caused by situations that may change (for the better) at any time, with help.
To all those out there currently suffering from depression, PTSD, eating disorders, addictions, and any other illnesses that may lead you to believe you should end your life: run, don’t walk, to someplace where you can get the help you need. Taking advice from Gene Simmons or other “celebrities” who have more money than brains is not the answer. Organizations exist that can either help you directly or steer you to the proper professional to deal with your problems. You have an ILLNESS that happens to affect your emotions, your mental functioning, and also your body. You are not crazy, not a leper, not a freak or a whiner. You are suffering from a condition that afflicts your body, mind and spirit all in one. Until there is a universal cure for whatever form your illness is taking you may need to seek help on a daily basis. Yet taking that step one day at a time will get you through each day until you achieve healing.
Oh, yes, Mr. Simmons has publicly said he’s sorry for his remarks (http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/18/gene-simmons-apologizes-for-telling-depressed-people-to-go-kill-themselves/), probably at the urging of a public relations manager, lawyer or other professional (which he himself certainly is not). He should not, however, be let off the hook so easily. There are far too many vulnerable, impressionable people who only need a small push like such remarks as those by an infamous rock star to give them what they take as an “OK” to go ahead with very final plans. The only thing that deserves to be killed off in this case is Gene Simmons’ career.
For those in need of help for depression or other psychological illnesses, see any of the following links: