On February 18th I was listening to my local radio station when the news announced that Mindy McCready had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She is a country music artist who is best known for “Ten Thousand Angels” and “Guys Do It All the Time.” Mindy fought a very public battle against alcoholism and mental illness for many years.
I can very clearly remember the feeling she conveys in “I’m Still Here.” During the storm you can try to hang on for dear life. The journey through mental illness and addiction are not for the faint of heart. Her song shows that she had strength and courage.
The depiction of mental health issues in the media is slowly changing although there is still much to be done. With five deaths, including McCready’s, tied to Celebrity Rehab it makes one wonder if exploitation is more important than recovery. McCready herself was fearful of stigma and ridicule.
Recovery can’t happen where fear exists.