Sadly I can’t always post good news when it comes to the PLL cast and crew, and this is one of those times. Sometime yesterday, Norman Buckley’s (PLL director) life partner Davyd took his own life due to a mental illness. It makes me so sad to hear news about people taking their precious lives. The stigma around mental health does more damage than you can possibly imagine. People expect mental patients to look depressed or insane, when in reality we look like normal happy people. No, we can’t just “toughen up” or “decide to be happy,” because for some of us happines isn’t as simple as a choice. Mental conditions are often developed during childhood due to neglect, abuse, abandonment or any kind of trauma, even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal to some people. Not everyone has a high tolerance to trauma and not everyone deals with trauma the same way.
Please take a moment to tweet something encouraging to Norman and send some love.
If you suffer from a mental condition (or if you think you might), please talk to someone. I know it’s not always easy and a lot of times your friends and family won’t understand, but we have the internet and we can always find someone we can talk to on forums. If you ever feel desperate just send me a message here or on Facebook (your questions will be answered privately if you want) and I promise I will do whatever I can to help you. I know this is a PLL account, but the show has a lot to do with mental health and I intend on spreading the message as much as I possibly can.
Thanks for this.
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