Rash of Suicides in Hollywood Shines Spotlight on Depression and Social Media Pressure

“With that pressure to be perfect, there’s no room for vulnerability, no room for errors,” mental health therapist Anim Aweh says

A recent string of suicides of prominent people in the entertainment industry – and their children – has brought the tragic issue to the forefront once more.

“Extra” television correspondent and former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; award-winning actress and director Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander, Jr.; Hollywood manager Chris Huvane; Irish singer Sinead O’Connor’s teenage son Shane; former “Bachelorette” contestant Clint Arliss; and 16-year-old “Toddlers and Tiaras” star Kailia Posey are among those who have taken their lives in recent months. (In addition, country legend Naomi Judd died this week after a long battle with mental illness, her family said — though her reps have not confirmed the exact cause of death.)

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