Been a pretty busy this week, so I’m just going to drop a video in here (embedded below), one with an important message. I’m not a huge metal head, but I stumbled across this band a while ago and they have become viral stars. Called Bloodywood, a play on the name of India’s iconic film industry, they hail from New Dehli, mixing hard-rocking metal, traditional music and lyrics sung in Punjabi and rapped in English. And after the release of their newest slick video Jee Veerey addressing depression and suicide — along with a gesture they made to help their followers — I’m an even bigger fan. (Plus, I could be wrong, but it looks like they play an Irish tin whistle in the video — so how can an Irish-American guy like me not be all over that?).
Fight the Darkness
Mental illness and suicide are two sides of the same coin, and I have more experience than I ever wanted with them. Depression runs in my family, and as some of you may or may not know, my younger brother, Kevin, took his life back in 2016. It was a huge shock to those who loved him. I knew he was having a tough time and was worried about him, but I never, never, never assumed he was at the point where he would commit suicide. In fact, he’d just agreed to meet me for dinner sometime that week and then a couple of days later he was dead. Obviously, he had no intention of meeting me — he’d made his plan and was just placating me. It just blindsided me and left me hollow and second-guessing everything I had done — or hadn’t done.
Sadly, no one is immune to the effects of suicide as many of us have lost loved ones to this curse.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Need to talk to someone? Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).[/perfectpullquote]
You’re not alone!
Suicidal thoughts afflict people from all walks of life and we’ve recently seen celebrities like TV chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade take their own lives. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and has increased by over 25% in the U.S. since 1999. And suicide rates are rising around the world.
If you are ever considering harming yourself — don’t suffer alone! It can be tough to ask for help, but it’s even tougher to go through it by yourself. Get help! It’s out there whether its counseling or medical help. There are those out there who can make a difference and guide you out of that deep, dark valley you’re trapped in.
Here are suicide tips, risk factors and warnings signs from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For those of you in the U.S., if you’re feeling like you might harm yourself, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and talk to someone who can help.
So hats off to Bloodywood for helping to keep the conversation going.
And remember. You never have to walk alone.