Paulette Mitchell , mother to Josh Marks, is setting up a foundation in Josh’s memory. She wants to help others who have mental illness. According to CNN Entertainment, she said, "I am not done, this is not over. I am going to make sure that Josh's voice and dream live on by fighting for mental healthcare treatment."
Josh Marks committed suicide on October 11, 2013. His mother found him lying in the alley in the Longwood Manor neighborhood in Chicago.
Josh competed on "MasterChef" Season Three. Just before the final cookoff, doctors diagnosed Josh with bipolar disorder. Shortly after that, he lost “MasterChef” competition to Christine Ha. The news was hard for him to take, but he gave it his best and worked through it. He did a video for Make a Sound Project where he told about having bipolar disorder and that he used music to calm him down.
Unfortunately, he was unable to get mental help because no one would take his insurance. Last summer, Josh’s mother believes he gave a cry for help when he shot himself and then he called the police on an emergency phone. The police arrived, but instead of helping him, they arrested him and tossed him in jail.
Allegedly, Josh lunged toward one of the officers, in an attempt to take the gun away from the officer. TMZ reports that it took three officers to subdue him with batons and pepper spray, but Josh managed to break free and run for freedom. Five officers chased him down and handcuffed him.
Josh ended up with a fractured jaw and injuries to his face and head in addition to his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Josh was treated in the hospital for his injuries before being transferred to the Cook County Jail.
Paulette bailed him out and tried to find a place that would treat her son’s mental problems. She finally found a place who would take her son, but only as an outpatient. It was the best she could find that insurance would cover. It was during that treatment session that a doctor diagnosed Josh with schizophrenia. This seems to be the reason that Josh lost all control and didn't want to live any longer.
His mother said, "He was very distraught by this new diagnosis. He was just coming to terms with having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but he just couldn't handle this new diagnosis."
This tragedy could have been prevented with proper medical treatment. Hopefully something positive can come from this. For those who need help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, no matter the time. They never close. The number is 1-800-273-8255. They will connect you with a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.