Nov 21, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
Lee Thompson Young famously known for starring in The Famous Jett Jackson committed suicide at 29. He didn't show up to set one day and his land lord was asked to check up on him. Mr. Young was found dead -- a self inflicted gun shot wound to his right temple. He didn't have any alcohol or unprescribed drugs in his system (he was taking medication for bipolar disorder).
I didn't follow his career, but I watched The Even Stevens, That's So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, Brotherly Love, and The Famous Jett Jackson growing up.
Looking at his previous credits he starred in a decent amount of movies and television. With just these two television series, Rizzoli & Isles (TV series 2010) and The Famous Jett Jackson (TV series 1998 ), he was able to work in 117 episodes! A series surviving 100 episodes is noteworthy.
He was young, attractive, was able to find work in a field he loved -- yet it still wasn't enough.
It's funny we all go to the gym and do things to ensure our happiness and security -- yet a disease has the capability to make everything in life seem futile. It is a disease, no different than diabetes, and it's obviously not something people can always "will" themselves out of -- although trying to see the glass half-full certainly can't hurt.
I assume when you're contemplating suicide you are past seeing things clearly -- it's probably similar to how alcohol or drugs can affect an individual's thoughts ONLY it is a human's own brain that isn't working correctly.
There should really be cost efficient rehabilitation centers for those that suffer with different forms of "genetic depression" (a major change in life didn't cause it). I mean I think suicide hotlines are great, but where does a person go after that phone call. With diabetes we can handle it with insulin and dietary changes. With depression there are numerous things that can help dampen symptoms i.e. exercise, diet, cognitive therapy, positive thinking, medication, light therapy etc. but not one treatment is a guaranteed cure.
Out of respect, I hope I didn't make any grammatical errors. Please PM me if I did.