In memory of Stevie Ryan
I just heard the news that Stevie Ryan, host of the Mentally Ch(ill) podcast, tragically passed away after losing her battle with depression. I came across the podcast via Kristen Carney (her co-host) from the Ask Women podcast and found her conversations with Kristen a brilliantly honest, no-filter discussion about depression. They were fascinating conversations told in such an entertaining, yet frank, manner that I found myself really enjoying them even though I don't suffer from depression myself.
I never met Stevie. Nor did I ever know her personally. Due to this, it's not appropriate for me to talk about her like I knew her for decades. But her stories were such a raw and honest insight into the daily challenges that people with depression face, that I felt compelled to at least respect her somehow.
I think the best way to honor her memory is to once again come back to this issue of mental health. I'm going to bring this up again and again and again and again and again until we all finally take this problem seriously enough.
It's time to stop paying lip-service to this and start to let our actions speak for us. If you really want to make some kind of an impact in solving this horrible problem that so many suffer from, please donate money to a mental health charity in the country you live in. I'm sure that with a quick Google search you'll be able to find some in no time. We've clearly let this problem go too far, so it's about time that we do more than just talk.
If there's one thing that I learned from this tragic event and from following the Mentally Ch(ill) podcast in general, it's just how ignorant I was of how seriously so many people in the world suffer from their internal battles. In a bit of an odd metaphor, but I think it's similar to how humans cannot hear certain frequencies of sound but bats, dolphins, and other animals can hear them. Thus, it is literally outside of our range of perception/understanding to hear these frequencies even though they may be occurring right now.
I think that in similar vein, the battles that people like Stevie went through were literally outside my range of understanding/knowledge (even though they were very real and very much happening) until I started listening to her podcast. Then I learned just how real and serious this stuff was.
Once again, if you want to be a part of the solution to this problem, please take the time out to donate whatever amount you can spare to a mental health charity in your country (link to American ones). If you're struggling with depression, please reach out to a helpline in your country here and talk to a close friend.
Finally, from the bottom of my heart, I say rest in peace Stevie, and: