Comedian James Bean Releases Book on Struggle with Depression, WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE
In WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE (Archway Publishing, $30.99), Las Vegas comedian James Bean reveals his struggle with depression, which led him to the brink of suicide; and, how life-changing revelations, as he was about to take razor blades to his wrists, allowed him to begin to fight his way back. In a frank and life-affirming narrative of his journey, Bean offers a personal account of how he went about getting therapy, obtaining family support, and finding purpose and meaning in the world.
As the first in his family to earn an undergraduate degree, a law school graduate, and a successful comedian living theAmerican Dream, James Bean never imagined that a suffocating descent into the depths of depression would lead him to a suicidal state. A man who truly lit up the room, and who had literally made a career out of making people smile, Bean appeared on the outside like the last person who would find himself ready to end his own life. In WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE, he explains his descent into despair and his inspiring journey back.
"I want to help others understand the suicidal mind, and see through the façade that many who think these thoughts are hiding behind," said Bean. "I hope that my book will encourage people who are struggling with depression to seek help, and also be cathartic for suicide survivors who are simultaneously coping with loss, and left with so many unanswered questions and feelings of guilt."
In the book's 13 chapters, Bean not only recounts his own life and struggle with depression, but also offers a litany of theories from several experts on the mind's state. Hailing from Las Vegas, which leads the country in suicide rates, Bean explores alarmingly affected populations, from teenagers to members of the military, as well as the loved ones they leave behind.
"This book is my love letter to the world, my legacy of care, hope, and empathy for those who are living under the gripping vice of depression," writes Bean.
About James Bean
James Bean, a professional stand-up comedian and executive casino host at Caesars Palace, earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Memphis. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his daughter. For more information, visit him on Facebook.