TWLOHA talks of privilege and mental health in new post
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To Write Love On Her Arms recently issued a statement on its blog in response to the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. After two celebrity deaths by suicide in the same week, TWLOHA wrote a short, compelling post for its followers who may be struggling.

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On June 8, television personality and famous chef Bourdain died by suicide. Just three days before on June 5, designer and businesswoman Kate Spade lost her life in the same fashion.

The nonprofit movement saw the tragedies as an opportunity to help those who may also be struggling. The blog post dismantled notions of commonly-viewed discrepancies related to privilege and mental health.

The blog post went on to explain mental health knows no boundaries—meaning that just because people are wealthy and powerful doesn’t mean that they don’t have inner battles to fight as well. Additionally, vulnerability is not always something that is immediately seen on the surface.

“It’s easy to believe that fame, professional success, wealth, or adoration can protect people from pain, but that is not true,” TWLOHA says. “Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Depression doesn’t care if you’re great at what you do. Mental illness doesn’t just affect those without opportunities and privilege and resources.”

Furthermore, the post pushed for action and carefulness among its readers.

“It is not an easy thing to do, but it is so important,” the post reads. “We encourage people to ask for help, but sometimes they’re waiting for others to do the asking.”

The post also reminded its readers that they are necessary, valid and full of hope. You can read TWLOHA’s full message here.

To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit movement working to help those struggling with various mental health issues, such as suicide and self-injury, find help and the resources necessary to move forward.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can find resources here.