Anthony Bourdain – A life Celebrated – Suicide Awareness Month (September)

//Anthony Bourdain – A life Celebrated – Suicide Awareness Month (September)

Anthony Bourdain – A life Celebrated – Suicide Awareness Month (September)

By Dr. Dean Aslinia

Over the past decade, as a mental health professional, I have sat through hours of excruciatingly painful counseling sessions with many. Some hopeless, beaten, ashamed, tired of life, and contemplating suicide. Others heartbroken, devastated, and shocked by the abrupt death of their loved ones through suicide. Trying to make sense of what went so wrong. How they didn’t catch the signs. Sometimes blaming themselves for the arguments and disagreements they had with them over the years. Wondering if those contributed to the last decision of their loved ones. I have had to help students, interns, and colleagues work through their doubts of “did I do enough? or did I do all that I could?” in light of a client’s suicide. I have had to console mothers and fathers over the suicide of their children, and so many other painful events. You would think, by now I should be desensitized to these tragic and sad stories. However, they tear a piece of my heart each time! This morning I woke up to the news that Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life. Now, I didn’t personally know Tony. But his amazing show, Parts Unknown, had the genius of combining the universal human experience of eating and food, with culture and travel! He had captured audiences from across the globe! He had friends in every continent, he had traveled the world more times then most of us will fly a plane in a life time! Yet, at the end, none of the fame, money, adventure, connections, could overcome the internal pains he carried inside. Pains no one will ever know. He now leaves behind loved ones, friends, and fans, all questioning why? The only thing I have ever been able to tell loved ones is that, the why no longer matters. It was a final decision they made, and because we loved them, we will need to come to accept and perhaps respect their final choice. With that said, if you have thought about ending your own life, please know you are not alone! Please know I and many like me have seen , felt, grappled, experienced, and understood the pain! I get the impulse decision sounds like the best idea. But please know, even the darkest of nights must come to an end, and the light will shine again! 800-273-TALK

By | 2018-09-08T16:59:09+00:00 September 8th, 2018|Public Mental Health|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Dean Aslinia is a Licensed Mental Health Expert and University Professor. He holds a license as a Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor in the State of Texas. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Over the past decade, Dr. Dean has been engaged in professional trainings, clinical mental health practice, graduate higher education teaching, research, writing, and advocacy for greater mental health access for all Americans. In 2011 he co-found and created New Horizons Center for Healing in north Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The clinic over a five-year span grew and became the most comprehensive mental health clinic in the State of Texas. Housing more than 30 licensed mental health professionals, ranging from adult, child, and addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency counselors, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapists, play therapists, and eating disorder specialists. His peers in the profession consider Dr. Dean a leader, as he is the Past-President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a member of the Texas Counseling Association’s Governance Council, and currently serves on the Texas Counseling Association’s Executive Board. He was also appointed by the Collin County (North DFW) Commissioner’s Court to serve on the Collin County Local Behavioral Health Authority (MHMR) Life Path System’s Board of Trustees. He has also on several occasions, testified in front of the Texas House and Senate Health and Human Services Committees as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for advocacy of mental health related bills. Dr. Dean’s passion, strong leadership, and desire to create a greater social interest with his work has led him to creating Ulead Ulearn Professional Training Company, to provide companies, universities, schools, and organizations with a better understanding of the impact of behavioral and emotional health in their environment. Furthermore, helping companies achieve their goals by fully understanding their work-force, and addressing their concerns. Dr. Dean is an engaging, fun, inspirational, and high energy speaker with expertise in business and leadership development, relational health and communication, team building and trust, mental health legal and ethical compliance, emotional intelligence, workplace environment, and anger and conflict resolution. Dr. Dean has researched and taught on topics that hold individuals, employees, and executives from producing at their ultimate capacity. He in a concise, clear, and highly motivational delivery method communicates and delivers his message to his audience and calls for them to begin to take action on their lives. Media & Press Requests Please Email: [email protected]

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