Warrior Wednesday 5.24.17

We are coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Month. Sorry for the lack of posting. I had really good intentions of posting often this month, but life...

I've been going through a lot the past several months and this month it has all caught up to me. Since I missed last week's Warrior Wednesday post, I am going to make this one a bit longer! 

Thanks for sticking with me! 

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell (pic via his tweet on 4.18.17)

Beloved rock star Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, died by suicide on May 17, 2017. 

His death came as an obvious shock to the music world and those who loved him and his music. I have been listening to Audioslave's self-titled album from 2002 almost non-stop since Chris died. It's been one of my go-to albums when I need to feel something or when I just wanna burn off some pent-up energy and jam to his raspy voice.

Chris didn't seem like someone who would kill himself, but statistics do show that middle-aged men are dying by suicide at alarming rates. 

Julie Fast wrote an Op-Ed for HuffPost about Chris Cornell's death called "Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn't Make Sense."

The main point of her article is to address the question: How can people who seem to have it all possibly take their lives?

Travis Barker

Travis Barker (pic via his Twitter avatar)

Travis Barker, mostly known for being the drummer for the band Blink 182, was in a devastating plane crash in 2008. He suffered second- and third-degree burns to his body that led to many skin grafts and lots of surgeries and rehabilitation to recover from his injuries. He and his friend DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were the only two survivors of the crash. The two pilots and two other passengers on the plane all died.

DJ AM unfortunately died from a drug overdose less than a year after the plane crash.

Travis recently went on tv on the show The Doctors and spoke about his struggle with drugs, PTSD, and his recovery after the plane crash. Watch the clips from the show here.

Dear Evan Hansen

The Broadway play is nominated for 9 Tony Awards

Dear Evan Hansen has taken Broadway by storm. From it's incredible discussion about anxiety, suicide and grief to the jaw-dropping performance by Ben Platt, this show has created a non-stop buzz.

From the NY Times article about the show: "For those who haven’t seen the show, an incomplete (and partly spoiler-laden) recap: As part of the therapy for Evan’s anxiety, his doctor instructs him to write a letter, addressed to himself, at the beginning of each day (“Dear Evan Hansen, Today is going to be a good day. …”)."

To read more about this revolutionary play that has received praise from across the acting world, click here.

Surviving the jump off the Golden Gate Bridge

Ken Baldwin and Kevin Hines both survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in suicide attempts (pic via the article linked below)

Kevin Hines  and Ken Baldwin have something quite unique in common: they both attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. Even more eerie, is the similarity they both experienced after jumping: they immediately regretted their decisions. 

Ken and Kevin met in San Francisco recently and shared their stories with ABC News 7 in Northern California. 

Read more here about their struggles before their jumps, what they realized after their jumps, and how they have found hope and healing since then! 

Glennon Doyle

Me and Glennon in October 2016

Glennon Doyle is an author, activist and all-around bad ass woman. She is the author of Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior and a phenomenal speaker (check out her TEDTalk here).

She recently reposted a blog of hers called "Why The World Needs The Mentally Different."

I really don't feel like I can give an adequate preview of her post so I'm just going to need you to read it! And then maybe spend some time reading her other posts because no one can write like G does! 

NYU Book Store

One week from tonight I will be wrapping up Mental Health Awareness Month with many other mental health advocates at an event at NYU Bookstore! 

I am so excited to be reading the essay I wrote for Stigma Fighters. I am going to have someone film it so that those of you who are not able to attend can watch it. If you are in or near NYC, please come! And please RSVP to the Facebook Event! I would love to see you there or meet you! 

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