The heartfelt and emotional post you wrote about Anthony Bourdain?
I URGE you to:
Write a message like that about your friend who suffers from depression or another mental illness and send it to them.
Send a message like that to the person who posts on Facebook about how depressed they are. Especially if the post is concerning.
Call up someone you know who has history of suicide and tell them how you feel about them.
Text, Snapchat, hang out, grab a coffee, Skype, reach out in any way to friends you know struggle.
Heck, say it to *anyone* you feel that way to!
If people who die by suicide had heard heartfelt, supportive messages like that *before* they died, I wonder what a difference that would make.
We need to stop becoming temporarily pro-suicide prevention right after a famous person dies by suicide and elongate its impact by providing more kind words and support to each other. Loving someone from afar is not what prevents suicide: SUPPORT does.