After hearing this week’s news about the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I turned to this talk by Melissa D’Arabian. You might remember her as the winner of a season on the Next Food Network Star. While Melissa was in college, her mother took her own life. That devastating event sent her into a decade long spiritual winter.

“Sometimes,” Melissa said, “the only way out…is through.”

Melissa is a very genuine and authentic person of faith, fun to follow on social media, and has used her celebrity platform to make suicide prevention a national conversation. I learned a great deal from this talk about her mother’s suicide and wanted to share it with you. As Melissa said, we all know someone with mental illness. And most everyone can be helped.

 

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