Tony Bourdain’s passing struck a chord with me that I didn’t expect. I have tremendous admiration for his talent as a story teller, but I didn’t consume his work with the same fervor as I did Robin William’s or Chris Cornell’s. Those are both celebrities of whom I’m a more ardent fan, and they too tragically took their own lives. But for some reason last week’s news of Bourdain’s passing weighed on me more heavily.
It drove me to do some research into depression and suicide in America, and share it in episode 2 of Bath Time. A 180 degree change from my first episode about Star Wars, but it’s what I was interested in reflecting on. Hey, that’s Bath Time. You never know what is going to occupy your thoughts.
In this episode we’ll dig into some shocking stats on suicide in America, the Werther effect and the media’s role in suicide contagion, happiness vs purpose, lifestyle influences on mental health, and a reflections on my own experience with physical and mental health.
On a lighter note I also talk about international bath day (June 14th), histories most famous bath, and introduce my new co-host. Fair warning that this light fair opens the podcast for about 5 minutes, and then I switch gears to the heavier subject matter at hand.
If you are going through a dark patch, then at this end of the episode I’m talking directly to you. I hope my love and words reach you in whatever way possible. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline has trained councilors available to talk 24/7. Here is their phone number, and link to chat online.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline : 1-800-273-8255