Mariel Hemingway on Depression and Suicide

mariel hemingway

The name Hemingway is recognizable by all writers, readers, high school students, and members of the mental illness family.  The genius writer of The Old man and The Sea and From Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest, was born into a family thick with mental illness. His father Clarence committed suicide, and nearly forty years later, Ernest did.  Then, his sister Ursula in 1966, his brother Leicester in 1982, and his granddaughter Margaux in 1996. All suffered from various forms of depression that led to their suicides.  With this family history, Mariel Hemingway feared for her own life. After battling through her own dark night of the soul, Mariel found wellness, both physically and mentally, and is spreading her message of hope and renewal to the world.

flower blooming

I had the honor of hearing her speak at the University of Rochester the same day she premiered at The Little Theatre her new documentary, Running from Crazy.

For having experienced as much pain as she has, she is incredibly grounded. As a Hollywood movie star, she is stunning, and amazingly humble and transparent.  I loved what she shared.  She spoke of hope, of healing, of community,

of her purpose…



To speak about

mental illness

in order to promote

mental wellness.

She too has lived with depression most of her life, and in conjunction with escape in nature, has found Brainwave optimization to be an approach that works for her. She recognizes that different treatments (such as medications) work for others. Besides getting help early on when the disease presents, she believes in stillness.  Stop self-loathing. Recognize we all struggle. Discover we are all connected as human beings.  Get inside yourselves and say, I am ok. Seek wellness through:

  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Water
  • Breathing
  • Stillness
  • Listening

She writes about healthy lifestyle in her book:

Running With Nature by Mariel Hemingway
Running With Nature by Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway is a beautiful, caring person who shares her story to help others. She loves life, and hopes to help others love theirs as well.

Depression is a treatable illness. The treatment comes in many different forms from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to medications, to changing/adopting healthy lifestyle habits as Mariel stresses. If it is you, your child, your spouse, or parent, sibling, other family member, friend, neighbor, anyone…get help. Help, treatment, healing, life.  Taking it one moment to the next.  I understand depression.  Maybe some day I too can find the strength to talk about it.

Mariel and Me

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline