SOUTHEAST TEXAS-By: Leslie Rangel
Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday night in what investigators are calling an apparent suicide.
Many of those who knew McCready were aware of her struggles and say her death doesn't come as a surprise.
The former music star battled with many problems including depression, alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse.
McCready was found dead on her porch, the same place her boyfriend killed himself jsut one month ago.
KFDM News spoke with mental health counselor Jayne Bordelon. She says if the star would've sought help, she may still be alive today. Bordelon says she has battled with depression as well.
She says being open about her battles has opened her up to know what it's like to deal with mental illness first hand.
"A feeling of drowning that you can see the surface of the water but you keep going further and further under the water and it gets darker and darker and darker and unless there is someone there to say hey you know there's a problem here we need to get you help, we need to get you safe, a person would take their life," Bordelon says.
Bordelon says we as a society must do more to educate people on how to treat mental illness.
"Because you can see a scar maybe from heart surgery or because you've been educated enough about the heart disease, you're very understanding about that but with mental illness people are still not educated enough about it because of the shame associated with mental illness," Bordelon tells KFDM News.
If you suspect anyone near you may be facing mental issues, Bordelon says there are warning signs.
Signs include isolation, saying they will kill themselves, saying they're a burden and having extreme mood swings.
If you need more information visit the Suicide Prevention website or call the lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK).