Comedian and actor Russell Brand is known for being two things: very funny and very intelligent and insightful. Brand recently took to YouTube to discuss the suicide of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and what this suicide epidemic says about our culture as a whole.
Brand points out that there has been a 40% rise in mid-life suicide rates, with 80% of those being men and 4 out of 10 men admitting they have considered suicide. He also discusses that while most times we consider adolescence to be a fragile time period in our lives, the epidemic of suicide in older males points to an age in life that may be bringing with it a sense of disillusionment and dissatisfaction. He cites that with highly successful and/or famous individuals, the feeling of life not being what they anticipated or expected with their high amount of success can be a triggering emotional issue. On the flip side, those who don’t achieve the success they dreamed of may feel emasculated and powerless.
He also makes seriously fascinating points about the general societal pressures of acquiring more material possessions, making more money, and being a certain type of person with a certain type of status. This external pressure, he posits, has destroyed our ability to have more communal and open discussions of our hardships, issues, and anxieties.
Check out Brand’s video to learn more about his own struggles, the steps he takes to keep his own addictions at bay, and his thoughts and opinions on what it might take to change the rising suicide epidemic in society.