Dear Friends,

This has been a hard week.

We learned that Kate Spade had taken her own life on Tuesday and then Friday morning, we found out that Anthony Bourdain had done the same. In the days in between, I also became aware that a girl I went to high school with had taken her own life on Wednesday.

Suicide hits very close to home for many of us. We may have had someone very close to us suffer so greatly that they felt they couldn’t go on living. Or we may have even experienced suicidal thoughts ourselves.

I’m very fortunate to have been able to receive tremendous love and support to get me through my most difficult times.

I don’t where I’d be without my family and friends, my wife Kait, my parents Doug and Rochelle, my sister Julia, and my therapist…and other tools and interventions that have provided relief over the years, including diet, exercise, sports, and prescription anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications.

Meditation has also been an obvious difference maker for myself, and for countless others I know. But even the most powerful tools have their limitations.

If you’re suffering, you are not alone. It’s not too late to get help. There is someone there for you right now.

Here are some 24/7 resources for you (or someone you are concerned about):

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255).
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: Call 866-488-7386.

I’m also happy to give you the name and number of my personal therapist, who has helped me since 2005.

I believe with all my heart that we all deserve give and receive love: self-love and love to/from others.

And sometimes we need to ask for help, and sometimes we’re in a position to offer it.

Sending love to all of you.

With Love + Gratitude,

Ben