We have a serious mental health problem in this country.
Earlier this year, we lost both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to mental illness. Over the weekend, we nearly lost another one to mental illness, Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson.
Thankfully, he was reached before he could do anything drastic or permanent.
When one commits or attempts to commit suicide, it is not an act that not done in a bubble. It the culmination of days, weeks, months or even years of emotional and mental anguish.
His struggles with mental illness and addiction have been well documented. As someone who also lives with mental illness, I completely understand the daily struggle that sometimes leads to suicide.
His cry for help is much more than one person’s struggles with mental illness. It is the cry for everyone who struggles with mental illness. I hope that he gets the help that he needs and I hope that every one of us who lives with mental illness gets the same help.
It takes a certain kind of woman to break into the boys club and blaze a trail for other women to follow in her path.
Actor and director Penny Marshall was one of those women. She died today at the age of 75.
Born in the Bronx, NY, she broke into the national consciousness in 1976 when she played Laverne DeFazio opposite Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney in the classic 1970’s sitcom, Laverne & Shirley (1976-1973).Laverne and Shirley were two single women in the 1950’s and 1960’s balancing work, love, friendship and everything in between while going on hilarious adventures.
In the 1980’s and 199o’s, she switched from working in front of the camera to working behind the camera. Directing such beloved movies as Big and A League of Their Own, she proved that not only can women direct, but they can direct films that audiences and critics enjoy.
RIP. May her memory be a blessing.