Oh, Tony

This has nothing to do with hockey, but it matters to me. 1-800-273-TALK is the number of the U.S. Suicide Prevention hotline, and it’s a number that those of us with serious/severe mental illnesses always keep in the backs of our heads.

I woke up this morning to find out that one of my idols, Anthony Bourdain, took his own life today in France, and it’s just devastating to hear that the dark dragon of suicide has taken another life. So needless, so sad.

You are never truly alone in this world, but we often believe that we are on our own, and that’s simply not true. I hope that if you are struggling with mental illness, you are able to seek out help. There is absolutely no shame in suffering from what is a biochemical illness.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

2 thoughts on “Oh, Tony”

  1. Wow, what a shock. I regularly watch Anthony’s shows, even if they are repeats that I have seen several times already. Here’s a person that was at the height of his popularity and seemed to be in a position that anyone would envy and be glad to trade places with.

    Thanks for your concern in reaching out to others, George. I can’t imagine being in that frame of mind, but I hope those that are can manage to seek the help they need.

  2. Great and needed post George. We all have our internal struggles complied by the strains of every day society. Everyone that has thoughts of suicide should reach out to a stable grounded voice such as the hotline you posted.
    As I told a friend 20 years ago who was on the verge of suicide, our life is one as the mayfly, it moves fast and will be over way to soon. Grin and bear and speak to people that care. He is still around growing old. Thank goodness.

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