Luis D. Ortiz is opening up about his battle with depression in a lengthy and candid post on Instagram. The former Million Dollar Listing New York agent took to social media and detailed his ongoing issues, which he decided to share in the wake of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's suicides earlier this month.
“I have been wanting to share this for some time now but have been very reluctant to do so for the very same reasons most of us choose to keep our truths in the dark,” he wrote. “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.”
In the full post, which you can read below, Luis opens up in great detail about his current struggles and notes that it has been the “the genuine love and care” of those close to him “who have constantly fought and continue to fight hard” to help him “come back to the old full-of-light self I truly loved, respected and admired.”
He notes that because of those "few good friends and family," “I am still here and with the desire of slowly eradicating this bullsh-- (definitely temporary) mindset of mine and start creating something extraordinary as a result."
Luis, who retired from real estate back in 2016 and has since been traveling the world, then offered some more insight into his struggles: “My point; this sh-- is real and it’s happening to so many people. Regardless of who they are and what they have or haven’t 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 continued: “With that said, don’t be afraid of your truth. Be proud of it. Share it if you believe 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.”
Before signing the emotional and brave post “With love, Luis," he noted: “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."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.