We are committed to bring you information on a topic that touches us all. With musicians and creatives more likely than others to have issues with stress, anxiety and depression, the importance of seeking help and support is vitally important.
The recent deaths of Chris Cornell,Chester Bennington and Avicii, the obscene rate of suicide by veterans, the overload of information we receive daily from our social media addiction, outside influences from family and friends, the stress of building your career, addictions to drugs, alcohol and other destructive habits. All this and more can cause us to pause and take a serious look into our own lifestyle.
These issues are something we all deal with from time to time. Once you realize you may have an issue, the next brave step is to seek out the help of professionals. Especially if your support system is non-existent or part of your problem. As much as some would have you believe, there is nothing wrong or demeaning about trying to solve your issues. It will only make you a better person, a better artist and a better role model for others who may also have those symptoms.
This issue is very important and meaningful to me personally.
Since 2010, I’ve lost four friends to suicide. Looking at them you couldn’t tell anything was wrong. The “mask” they wore told a story of happiness. Inside, a body and mind in turmoil that paralyzed them. It happened to me years ago. My “mask” told a different story to those around me. I would not wish it on anyone. I encourage you to look in the mirror and get real. If your “mask” is telling you one thing and you feel your inside is telling you the opposite, please for your sake and everyone you love, get some help.
We recently had a seminar with four experts in trauma therapy, health and fitness, nutrition and how individually and collectively help the mind and body overcome the everyday stress and anxiety and keep it from getting worse. The discussion was attended by a group of musicians and artists who came away encouraged to get help and find a support system that is understanding. We’ll have more on this session in a future podcast and blog post.
You have too much talent and love to give to the world and you know you’re better than to let something like this take control of you. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Don’t let the stigma of “Mental Health” scare you or dissuade you from seeking answers. Below are some resources that can help. Contact them. Get help and support.
- Suicide Hot line: 1-800-784-8433
Self Harm: 914-393-1904
Eating Disorders: 1-800-931-2237
Rape & Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Depression: 1-630-482-9696
Contact information of our Anxiety and Depression panel:
- Paige Valdiserri: https://paigevaldiserri.com/contact/ (Traumatic stress and Integrative healing consultant)
- Shannon Petrovich: http://alephcenter.com/shannonpetrovichlcsw.html (Stress, trauma, anxiety, grief counseling and therapy)
- Anita Kellman: https://beatcancerbootcamp.com/contact-us/ (Founder of Beat Cancer Boot Camp. Helping cancer survivors regain their health and confidence)
- Kariman Pierce: https://karimanpierce.com/connect/ (Nutritional therapist specializing in Celiac disease and Gluten Free living)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org
- Crisis Text Line: Text – TALK to 741741