Million Dollar Listing: New York celeb, Luis D. Ortiz is the latest celebrity to get candid about his mental health problems. Ortiz hopes he can help others by talking about his struggle with suicidal thoughts and depression.
The man who left the Bravo series back in 2016, posted a lengthy message on Instagram, that he captioned #thisismytruth.’
‘I’ve been wanting to share this for some time but have been reluctant to do so for the same reasons most of us choose to keep truths in the dark. However, ever since Kate and Bourdain committed suicide I have been feeling the strong need and responsibility of sharing my truth with the hopes of a positive change,’ he started.
Ortiz went on to reveal that ‘For the past year I have been struggling with depression and during the last 3 months all I can think of—day and night—is putting an end to it all.’
‘What makes sense intellectually does not seem to internalize which makes understanding how selfish this would be for the people who love me almost impossible to see. In fact, I argue that it’s selfish of them to let me live in a place I’ve convinced myself I no longer want to be a part of.’
He admitted that ‘It’s a stupid and blind argument, but once you’ve broken yourself down to the extent of no longer believing in any of your abilities and the value you bring to yourself, the people closest to you and the world you live in it is extremely difficult to see it that way.’
The man made sure to acknowledge ‘the genuine love and care’ his family offers him and thanked them for everything.
Ortiz really wanted to show his appreciation and gratitude towards those ‘who have constantly fought and continue to do so hard to engrave in me the perspective they know I have the ability to understand in order to come back to the old full-of-light self I truly loved, respected and admired. I am still there with the desire of slowly eradicating this bulls**t— (definitely temporary) mindset of mine and start creating something extraordinary as a result.’
‘My point is: This s**t is real, and it is happening to so many people. Regardless of who they are and what they have or have not accomplished. We constantly feel the need of showing that everything is ok when it really isn’t, and that needs to stop. Our internal battle makes us stronger, yes. But we need to win them first. And sometimes, most times, we can’t win them on our own.’
He stressed that we should not ‘be afraid of [our] truth. Be proud of it. Share it if you believe it will help you understand it better. It’s the only way you will genuinely evolve. And for those of you with friends or close ones who you see are not being themselves, do not abandon them. Remind them of who they are. Remind them that you’re there for them. Remind them that you love them. They don’t need to be at their lowest to be positively affected by it.’
‘Let’s make it cool and sexy to create forward while sharing our truth along the way. Let’s learn to love everyone’s unique truth and perhaps that will elevate our levels of compassion and empathy which will better us as people and our world. We are all amazing. Don’t forget that. With love, Luis,’ he concluded.