The holidays are in full swing as we roll into the final week of shopping. Christmas will be the last holiday of the year and one that so many look forward to. Wait, do they?

December 25 can also be one of the most depressing times of the year. You can ask why but I don't suffer from any specific mental illness and can't really speak on it. Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live took to social media on Saturday to publicize his struggle. This sent fans and fellow friends Ariana Grande, Machine Gun Kelly into a panic Saturday.

We know that Pete has been going through something post-breakup with Ariana Grande. We've also seen the couples struggle to play out online with fans and sources indicate that Pete wasn't having her visit to the SNL set to check on him.

I could continue to speculate and say that Pete just staying in his Pajamas and never left his dressing room. He introduced Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson before heading back to his dressing room. That is what all the reports say but I feel bad to even join in right now. I'm just posting what happened but Pete Davidson is really going through something deep and we don't want to see another celebrity leave us so soon.

Nobody wants to see anyone take their life and like Sofia Bush say's "...words have real consequences." This is a sad story and unfortunately, this won't be the last you hear about it. People that suffer from mental illness process things differently than we do. I don't understand it but I'm willing to learn more relating mental illness so I don't sound like an idiot.

Let's imagine that you aren't Pete Davidson with millions of followers and hundreds of friends. What if you're just a single parent trying to make it that suffers from this illness. What if nobody believed you? How would you deal with it?

Those stories are playing out in our community right now and we need to open our eyes. This is our responsibility whether you want it or not. Look for the warning signs, ask questions, see if you can help. Don't ghost on someone because you don't understand. Be present.

If you're going through something, need someone to talk to or might be looking to help a friend please use the following resources. We have a local hotline for help and number that you can text. Remember that if someone ever makes a threat or hints towards suicidal thoughts, never take them lightly. Always assume someone will follow through and get them help asap.

I'll leave you with this simple message. Be kind to people and try to make them smile every day. If we all just did that I wonder how life would turn out?

  • National Help Line (800) 273-8255
  • Local Help Line (208) 398-4357
    • You can also text to this line from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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