FEATURE ARTICLE

Saturday, May 18, 2019
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Arizona, USA
SAVE THE MAN NEXT DOOR! (DEPRESSION IS AN ENDEMIC PROBLEM)

"Suicide is the punctuation mark at the end of many artistic careers." —Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Man shall not be existentially viewed by his happy outlook but by the hidden burdens deep inside of him." --Yahaya Balogun

"Suicide is an irreversible process or a full stop to a life with no access to mindfulness." - Yahaya Balogun

(Please, whoever is reading this brief message should help repost or share it to save lives! I pray that your family shall never be a victim of suicide. God bless you).

n times of tribulation, in the absence of mindfulness, a lot of lonely thoughts (such as suicidal ideation) can creep into our subconscious minds. In spite of our fame, success, knowledge, confidence, achievement etc., there is a tiny bit of void in our hearts or minds. Our complacency or inability to explore and recognize this void gives room for the absence of mindfulness. Every nine persons in ten successful individuals are potential victims of suicide. Suicide has no race, gender, color, sex, religion, status, nationality etc. Suicide is a consuming aberration that leaves the victim's family, acquaintances and society in grief with mental or emotional pain. Think about it! Why would a multi-millionaire suffer from suicidal thoughts or ideation? The answers are scarcely mysterious! We must urgently assist in our little ways to stop the next man waiting to be a victim or consumed by suicide.

I will use the ace presenter and producer, Anthony Bourdain as an example of mental anguish and pain of suicide. Recently, we lost Anthony Bourdain, a rare gem in the broadcasting industry. Bourdain was a bubbling man in the global community. A man who brought so many joyful moments into the lives of billions homes across the world.

"Parts Unknown" was Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN. A global household show enjoyed by all and sundry. Anthony Bourdain understood the fundamental parts of human lives but he failed to understand the fundamental part of life and the exigencies reposed in him. He took care of the entertainment world with such a profundity but abruptly extinguished himself in a terrifying manner. Through food, Anthony Bourdain has revolutionized how shows can penetrate our minds, through some unknown parts and in some hidden and rustic places around the world.

The transformational power and mystique of travel of Anthony Bourdain are paints that will continue to color the documentary part of our hearts. Anthony Bourdain, why did you do what you did to us psychologically? Why and Why?? The 'why' question is a question that will endlessly prod the collective mind of his admirers; including this writer.

Anthony Bourdain was an effortless CNN TV presenter. He was so amazingly natural that we never had any inkling of him dying at this period; not to talk of him taking his life through suicide. The world lost a cultural icon and a terrific storyteller in Anthony Bourdain. He was a great cultural ambassador of the United States and a quintessential citizen of the world. Anthony Bourdain encompassed the nitty-gritty of foods and he used this thoughtful idea to transmute the cultural diversity of the global community.

Anthony Bourdain was a gem and beautiful gift to the world. A celebrity chef with humility and candor to everyone he came across in the business of foods in the global community. The flamboyant but careful Anthony Bourdain we saw with sumptuous glamour on television was a man with hidden sufferings and burdens. Beneath his surface of being was a hideous clog to his true happiness. Man shall not be existentially viewed by his happy outlook but by the hidden burdens deep inside of him.

Suicidal ideation is not a stigma; it's just like every other debilitating sign of diseases that are not obvious to everyone to see. Our outlook might look illuminating and exciting but sometimes deep inside of us are unfactorized problems that need serious urgent attention. It is imperative that we watch out for people with suicidal thoughts.

According to WEBMD Cancer center, the following, and among others are signs of suicide:

•Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and unexpected rage.

•Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness

•Suddenly, becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness can be a sign that the person has made a decision to end his or her life.

•Choosing to be alone and avoiding friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of depression, a leading cause of suicide. This includes the loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.

We saw Anthony Bourdain as a larger-than-life human being who deconstructed how the presentation of shows should be on global television. His program was all-inclusive and entertaining. Anthony Bourdain seemed a man who had conquered obstacles but deep inside of him were scars that were potential threats that eventually triggered his suicidal thoughts and led to his eventual death. Let's watch out for one another as we journey through this chaotic and tumultuous world together. We should be our brother's keeper. Suicide is an irreversible process or full stop to a life with no access to mindfulness. Let us help those who are in suicidal thoughts or ideation.

May the gentle souls of Anthony Bourdain and those that have committed suicide continue to rest in perfect peace.

Below is the helpline for saving lives that are vulnerable to suicide:

"National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Hotline!" Please, provides help to those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress today. You can actually save a life! Call 1-800-273-8255. It is available 24 hours every day.????

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