Friends of the studio,
Across the state of New York, wildflowers push with blind tenacity through latticeworks of soil, cellulose, and fallen leaves. Their colorful emergence marks another turn of that great wheel of renewal. Amid June’s spree of life, however, we mourn the loss of two giants of the international creative community: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Respectively, they brought to the high arts of fashion and cuisine a certain democratic spark, inspiring countless designers, entrepreneurs, travelers, restauranteurs, diners, and writers to claim a seat at the table of cultural consequence.
If there is any brightness to be found in these moments of tragedy, it is the light they shine on the ubiquity of mental illness, which, in the words of Dr. John Draper, director of the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline service, “doesn’t discriminate.” We are fortunate to live in an era of demystification and destigmatization around issues like depression and anxiety. And while public figures from Prince William to Lady Gaga to Dwayne Johnson have bravely used the bully pulpit of celebrity to bring mental illness out of the shadows, true societal change will come from below: at the dinner table and in the workplace, in the classroom and around the college dorm, within sports teams and in places of worship. Among friends, families, lovers, coworkers, and classmates.
This month (and beyond), show some extra appreciation for the people around you.
If someone’s struggling, let them know they’re not alone.
Concerned about somebody in your life? Seeking help for yourself?
The New York Times has published the following resources:
— What to Do When a Loved One is Severely Depressed
— Suicide Resources in the City
Feel more comfortable texting? The Crisis Text Line offers free help via text.
Stay tuned for more editions of Miscellaneous in the coming months.
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“O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.”
— From “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns (1794)
Header Image: “Bagatelle” by Eugène Atget, 1915-19