Last night I was going through my Twitter feed when I came across a story about a young Biritsh reality TV star who had unfortunately passed away at the age of only 26.
Although I had never been a fan of the work he had done previously with the show he found fame on, I was absolutely devastated by this news.
26 is no age to die. No matter who you are.
The more I read on, the more I felt I truly understood his story.
He had been suffering inwardly from what seems to be a very silent yet prominent killer in this day and age…Depression.
He had been given a persona from the show, something he had to take on board, live with, and act as though was who he really was on a daily basis. It wasn’t until the news of his death, that you heard about who he truly was on the inside.
Perception isn’t always truth and Reality TV isn’t the reality we are in. It’s made and altered to fit what it’s aiming to be and for the audience it wishes to keep.
And just for the record, this is not the only account of this we have seen in the news, and unfortunately it will probably not be the last either. In fact, under a year ago, there was another case with a very similar issue, and from the exact same show.
What does this say for the way we treat others? These people were treated like their characters not for the people they are outside this life.
How can this be? How can we allow this to continue to happen?
It doesn’t matter if you are in the public eye or not. Something desperately needs to change!
One major issue – these people feel as though they are silenced. They fear speaking out in case of backlash or people just not getting it.
Trust me, I have been there. Opening up was the one of the hardest things I thought I would or could ever do, to the point that the only way I found I could do so was through writing…hence this blog.
Mental Illness continues to take lives.
I’m ready for things to change. Are you?
If you are struggling or if you know someone who is, please, I ask you now, don’t hide away. Talk to someone. There are people who really can and want to help.
Don’t suffer in silence. Start the conversation!
Chloe Lauren x