We’re still reeling from Bachelor alum Gia Allemand’s tragic, way-too-soon death, and even moreso from the news that she took her own life. Then, within a week of Gia's death, news breaks that The Famous Jett Jackson star Lee Thompson Young has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Suicide, depression, and other issues of mental illness affect people of all backgrounds, and everyone, celebrities included, have been touched by the issue. Many celebrities have used their strong voices to promote organizations that promote wellness and safety for those considering suicide, and provide critical support to those suffering.
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While TWLOHA doesn’t run a crisis hotline, one of their missions is to connect those who are struggling to the help they need. To find help through TWLOHA, you can visit their Find Help page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For opportunities on getting involved, hit up their website.
Source: YouTube, TWLOHA
Stephen Fry: Samaritans, Campaign Against Living Miserably
British actor, TV personality and all-around badass Stephen Fry touched the hearts of millions of fans with his heartfelt story of his struggle with bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts, including a 2012 attempt on his own life. Since the issue is so personal, it’s little surprise that he’s a patron of the UK-based organizations Samaritans and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), both of which run crisis hotlines. CALM focuses especially on men’s suicide prevention.
CALM can be reached in the UK at 0800 58 58 58. To help CALM, you can donate via their website.
Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Kardashian, Many Others: The Trevor Project
LGBT anti-bullying and suicide prevention charity The Trevor Project made it really easy for celebrities to use their power to send positive messages to youth, especially after teaming up with Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project. Many stars have contributed both messages of support and monetary donations to the cause. Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Kardashian, Ke$ha, Ian Somerhalder, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, and more have voiced their support.
The Trevor Project’s Trevor Lifeline can provide support over the phone at (866) 488-7386. They accept donations in a variety of ways on their website.
Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
After getting a lot of personal letters from fans dealing with suicidal thoughts, the band Good Charlotte decided to take action — especially since Benji Madden had dealt with suicidal thoughts himself. Working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the band made their video for “Hold On,” which seeks to lend support to those touched by suicide or suicidal thoughts, fans or otherwise.