Celebrity & The Reality of Depression


Celebrity & The Reality of Depression

Depression is a common mental disorder
that affects people of all ages,
from all walks of life and in every nation.
– WHO, World Health Day spotlights Depression


The worst part of being depressed isn’t the numbness, it’s the lies that depression makes you tell yourself. It tells you that your best friend on earth hates you. It tells you that if you were to confide in someone that they wouldn’t care. It tells you that you are the biggest disgrace to ever walk the face of the planet. You might reject these lies for a while but eventually you start to believe them. You start to push people away because you don’t want to be a burden. – Depression by Suzanne Davidson, 2016 Mental Health Week

At its worse, living with depression is suicidal.


from 1994, Tupac
with Pain


April 7, 2017 World Health Day spotlights Depression. 
The following, is in remembrance
of lives lost to depression, that in some way
touched The Neighborhood.

At Its Worse:
is a Cold-Blooded Mood Disorder
by Kendall F. Person


Kurt CobainKurt Donald Cobain
With the stunning success of Nirvana’s 2nd studio album, Nevermind (75 million copies sold, worldwide) Kurt Donald Cobain, was not only one of the most popular entertainers of the time, but one of the most relevant voices of Generation X. Young, rich, famous and a new family to share it all with, on the surface, there was no one happier than the uber talented godfather of grunge.

But through the looking glass self, he saw an entirely different man: a washed up artist that would never overcome his addiction, thereby doomed to a life of depression. So ruthless the hallucinations in his reality, that even the joy of Frances Bean Cobain – his one year daughter – was no match for the pain created by an untreated mental health disorder.  On April 5, 1994 Kurt Donald Cobain put a shotgun to his head, pulled the trigger, and became a worse case scenario. – Breathe eps. iii Imagine 


Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman
She was forever a wounded singer, unhappy living in the shadows of Whitney and Madonna. But to the fans that knew her music, she was our biggest star. And not until her untimely death, would we ever make a connection, that her beautiful ballads were desperate, lonely songs.

On June 30, 1995, just hours before she was scheduled to take the stage at the famed Apollo Theatre, Miss Phyllis Hyman would fall victim to a web of internal lies, that deceived only her. But that deception was enough for her to commit suicide by an overdose of sedatives.
A Tale of Two Women


Robin WilliamsThere has been beautiful, there has been young, there has been rich and there has been combinations of all of the above, but funny is something almost unheard of. Funny is suppose to take the pain away. Funny brightens the mood and according to medical professionals, laughter produced from funny raises our pain threshold, reduces stress and enhances immunity by boosting our levels of antibodies.

Funny is not suppose to be sad.

It is no wonder, that the death by suicide of comedic genius Robin Williams sent shockwaves around the world. He was funny and he was very sad. On August 11, 2014, upon the unfunny revelation – that Robin Williams hung himself – sadness was all that was left.   – Unfunny: The Death of Robin Williams Spotlights Depression

∞∞∞Freddy E

A promising career was not enough to convince Freddy E, a young man of only 23 years, to stick to the fight, when you’re hardest hit; it’s when things seemed worst, that you must not quit. But most troubling, was the jedi-mind tricked played by depression: convincing him that he was all alone, even as he expressed love to his parents and live-tweeted his suicide to his fans.


heatherworkesHeather Workes, 
Heather, the time you spent in The Neighborhood, courageously telling your story and sharing your struggle, touched many lives. I had to take a long pause upon fully comprehending, that When the Abuse Stops was not just your reality, but the ongoing story of your life. I will always be grateful for the time spent with you, (and my good friend) and as promised, your presence here, has not been forgotten.

It is in your memory, in which we continue to search for answers, as how to make the downhill stop; and to bring and maintain awareness, that depression – while common  – is a cold blooded mood disorder, and no stigma exist that should prevent us from getting help.

On May 23, 2014, when Heather Workes took her own life, it was over a decade after the abuse had stopped.- In Mourning: The Neighborhood Remembers One of Its Own

Depression is treatable. Help is out there. Reach out and talk to someone you trusts. Talking may be your first step toward cheers.

*Note to An Aspiring Rapper
**Rapper Live Tweets His Own Suicide, The Verge

World health day Depression

April 7, 2017 World Health Day spotlights ‘Depression’






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  2. Knowing you are not alone is vital. Overcoming the feeling of isolation can feel monumental. The victim of depression so often feels inadequate and lacks confidence. Good Samaritans may be friends or councillors, but as long as they wear a genuine smile and are willing to share the burden, they can suddenly make the world a much better place. That smile and a confidence shared can be life-savers.

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  3. Thank you for your courage in posting this… We have to keep the discussion going !

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  4. I’m not sure how I’m just running into your post but I’ll be following you closely from now on. You say the things I wish I could muster to say. And thank you for talking about depression the way you have.

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  5. The decision to commit suicide is so deeply personal that those not in your shoes simply have a difficult time understanding. The one thing that stops me is the fear of going to “hell”. My daughter has tried twice and both times I was on the other side of town. There was nothing I could do to stop her. I believe what you said it does mean a lot to know that you are not alone.

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  7. Thank you for this enlightening post Kendall. I agree with Steph- the list of those we admire in the entertainment industry is one too many and it is wrenching to think that despite the public adulation, that inner voice can be destructive.
    I hope more can be done as further education and awareness is promoted among the public. I will admit, I’m learning more as time goes on but initially, it was a mystery to me.

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    • So good to know that the awareness campaign is hitting its mark. As always, thank you for adding your voice and for being such a great neighbor.


  8. The most important posts of all are these significant reminders. So tragic to see that list and know how many more lives were also taken. Thank you for doing this, Kendall. I’ve suffered ever since I made an attempt with pills at age 16 and it continues relentlessly — with me battling back with…. yep, humor. God bless.

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    • Stephanie – You are so very welcome. And thank you for adding your voice of wisdom and as a survivor. As you know, it means a lot for someone to read what others have been through and know they are not alone. (huge smile)

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