TMZ has reported the death of Josh Marks, a very memorable contestant on Master Chef. I was so sorry to see this headline run past my news feed this morning. It seems like something is causing our mentally volatile to become less and less capable of maintaining the will to live. Although I do not want to take this tragedy as a means to promote a news angle I can’t help but to wonder how much more of this is to come? commits

You’ll recall, 26-year-old 7-foot-2 Marks was arrested by U. of Chicago cops in July after allegedly punching an officer and trying to grab his gun. Three officers tried to subdue Marks with batons and pepper spray, but he broke free and took off running.

Months before the arrest, Marks released a video for the “Make a Sound Project” — an organization dedicated to helping people struggling with suicidal thoughts — revealing he suffered from bipolar disorder.

Josh Marks
Josh Marks

As a sufferer of mental illness, I understand just how quick one can go from an aspiring and seemingly happy individual to one distraught by the thoughts of their own mind. Couple that with the lack of healthcare coverage for patients to get help, the social stigma relating to being mentally ill and the pressure of day to day living in country that has all but forgotten us, I can’t say that Josh will be the last victim.

Bi polar disorder makes one feel like they are living in a fun house. Daily living is beginning to feel the same. Where do any of us go from here?

RIP Josh Marks

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Outspoken, spunky and coming out of left field, the infamous Tracy Renee Jones is a 2005 Cum Laude graduate of New Jersey City University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in International Law. Also member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, she worked a duel career life as a para-professional during the day and an adult performer at night while perusing her education. Her writing interests include the undesirable subjects of Prisoner Rights, Child Abuse and Exploitation, Adoption, Sexuality, Human and Intercultural Relations and Politics. She writes for several online publications including the Examiner, Beyond Black and White, Clutch Magazine, The Trippie Hippie and The Kinky Courtesan. She is a featured contributor to the sex positive digital Corset magazine where she explores fetish, stereotypes and erotic presentation for women of color. Her book of poetry Me: Being Anonymous: A Book of Cursed Poem and Verse is available on Amazon for purchase. Writing from an emotional place and with a personal touch, TRJ likes her debates the same way she enjoys.....rough, uncompromising and often.