Three Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants have taken their own lives since 2010: Julien Hug, who appeared on Jillian Harris' season of The Bachelorette; Gia Allemand, the runner-up from Jake Pavelka's season of The Bachelor; and most recently, Lex McAllister, who also appeared on Pavelka's Bachelor.
Lowe has three pieces of advice for people struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Suicide is not the answer," "Suicide is not unforgivable," and "There's hope for people who are sad," if they find faith in Jesus Christ.
Sean Lowe is well-intentioned, but he's not a good resource for suicide prevention advice.
"I am no expert in depression, counseling, or psychology. But I do know that reality is sometimes not fun. If you are on The Bachelor, eventually, the roses, limos, and the romantic helicopter rises [sic] stop," Lowe writes. "But even if you are a normal person with a regular 9 to 5, life will occasionally throw you a curve ball that you don't feel prepared to catch."
"Don't give in to the darkness, even when the screen fades to black," he concludes.
Lowe cites a statistic that states "there has been a 31% percent increase in the number of suicides in the U.S.," which is not exactly true. The suicide rate for middle-aged adults increased by nearly 30% between 1999 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The suicide rate in America has gone up in recent years, from 10.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2005 to 12.9 in 2014, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Lowe updated his post after publication to address mental illness and encourage people struggling with mental illness to get professional help, which is the only good advice for people struggling with mental illness.