Oprah Winfrey spoke out about the untimely deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain who took their own lives within days of each other last week.

Bourdain, 61, and Spade, 55, committed suicide by hanging after suffering from mental illness for much of their adult lives.

Oprah, 64, says every death is a teachable moment for the people left behind to value life more.

“Every death, not just Anthony Bourdain, not just Kate Spade, not just people that who are famous and names that we know -- every death is here to teach us how to live better,” Oprah told Extra TV.

"Every death is here to remind us of our own life and the value of it. So what will come of these deaths in sequence like this, the suicides, is a more open desire to talk about it. There are lots and lots of people who have not been forthcoming because they are ashamed still of talking about mental illness in their family and mental illness in people around them, but it is serious and it is real."

Oprah, who spoke at the premiere of OWN's 'Love Is_' in Hollywood, said the constant pressure from social media makes matters worse.

“I actually think social media and society in general have made it worse for people, because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held,” she said. “So I think it’s an open door for conversation for all of us to get better.”

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  • Blaque Mahogany

    “I actually think social media and society in general have made it worse for people, because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held,”
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    This is true to an extent. I think this only applies to those that are consumed with social media and what others think of them. People that are actually living and enjoying their lives opposed to putting on a show for others or attempting to compete with the images they see on social media, are not affected by social media. It's the abyss for the weak minded and narcissistic.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Totally agree ... Situations like this always bring awareness to the problem at hand .. It also helps many to seek support ... I noticed this years ago with a friend of mines.. . It opens up discussions ... It helps people to recognize when someone may need help ...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    And social media is a shyt show... Nothing but demonic ego driven folks on there lying. . Which have others competing ... And the ones competing literally trying to keep of with the fake Jone's ... Unless you are being enlightened in some way... See a tasty recipe ... Something creative to build maybe an idea .. Or See an inspiring quote ... There is simply no point unless you want be apart of flexing and lies .... Social media is the easiest way to manipulate people in a sinister way. .. And spy as well... Smh

  • Marlika

    Amen Oprah!!

  • Trace da Ace

    “I actually think social media and society in general have made it worse for people, because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held,”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Yasss!!!!! All of this! Before the internet was all hyped up....folks had Real conversations....you could NEVER communicate with anybody famous....they had fan clubs......hoe'ing was at an all time low....fist fights were just that....then people would move on....beef was considered he said/she said...not what somebody typed.....the only porn you could see what on VHS or DVD.......there was no such thing as a damn audio book.....the world was somewhat safer and kids acted like kids and took their asses outside to play. The internet is the devil....I tell my boys this all the time....when your face is in the phone 24/7 or your attached to your computer (other than work) 24/7....you center your life around it. Cant go 24 hours without checking some site.....its obvious the downfall of our society over social media......

  • Kemi

    Social media paints a false living/lifestyle for some ppl. They put on a front which is false, to navigate their daily lives.... if you think about it, SM in a way, is a psychological imprisonment for those people. Oprah, is right in that regard.Just my 2 cents!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Very obvious !

  • KcoolMuziq

    Oprah is so wise!

    Social media is the devil.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile and once you leave it feels hard too... That happened to me.... But I left fawk that place.... Gives me PTSD just thinking bout going back... Which I want ever ... Sandra Rose site is about far as it goes for me.. And even here you gotta take a break .. Cause trolls make their way here smh

  • Anunnaki

    We are >>.<<, i left that nightmare, in 2012.. only had FB, never thought about going back..

  • Django the God
  • AmericanDream

    These days for some reason I think of Oprah as some sort of glorified charlatan or wanna-be guru . She gives me the creep .

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile they gaslight like motherfawker on there ... passive post taking digs at people when they are scared as hell to actually say it to people actual faces. .. a demented platform full of manipulation .... folks pressure be boiling at folks post... families fighting.... happened to mines when I left... heard my cousins be on there showing out... I don't even wanna see it.. . don't show me no ones profile pics ... lies lies lies flexing galore Nerp ... I kept my ig ... But removed all my pics and unfollowed every damn body.. .. Only reason I kept my shyt is because a demon bytch was pretending to be me on a lot of platforms ... Same with twitter I don't tweet shyt from my account and haven't in about 3 in half years

  • Kemi

    Yes!! I left all that stuff alone awhile ago. Never looking back... I prefer having a f2f/ phone convos. Ppl get really addicted to sm and center their life on it.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Ugh. I'm looking at all these "celebrity " stories and all of them are just so FAKE. Their fake personalities, fake empathy, fake sympathy, fake imagery, fake bodies, fake hair, fake faces, fake psuedo-advice, fake everything.

    The only shit that's real is their pumping heart.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Exactly ... Call me... And don't you text .... I ain't got no cellphone.... Told ya social media did a number to my life ... I learned and cut everybody out but my family ...close family ... Now look at the shyt show .... Fools getting caught ... Livestreaming suicides ... It's insane

  • Anunnaki

    Lmaoo chile u said demon bytch...LoL......it is the truth tho. U told no lies, my family be on there like jesus is they all, but pull a gun on they sister or brother, then say jesus is everything, chile i cant, EVER AGAIN.

  • MsPam

    Worshiping celebrities is a sin....take note!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile and get to shouting Bible scriptures ... Knowing damn well their hearts be black as tar .. Chile post pics of their perfect kids... Never mind that child in gwinnett county mugshots behind the scenes ... #flexcity

  • Anunnaki

    Lmaoooooooo bye jen...i have witness it to girl. Omg

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ... ?? posting this pickett fence pics.. . And the child wanted for murder or some shyt ... Dead ... If folks don't miss me chile

  • MsPam

    I can’t stand Oprah but she is right about social media!

  • Kemi

    That is disturbing with the suicide livestream. The devil is really busy on sm!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    very busy ... stay vigilant ... and block these demons

  • Anunnaki

    ???? you told no lies....niqqas in prison like they at home...posting old cars and chyt...baby mommas be arguing over them...lol, chyt is sad

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Got fb accounts from the jailhouse ... Catfishing ... Ninjas on there because they too cheap to invest in eharmony ROFL ... Shyt central ... ??

  • Karen Brady

    I thought it was just me. I am not and have never been an Oprah girl.

  • Karen Brady

    Should have known she'd have to preach.

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    hoe'ing was at an all time low. *CRINE* You sayin that social media is helping all the hoes to hoe?

  • Ms. Jackson

    I can dig what she's saying.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She's 100% right.
    So many people putting on a front 24/7 because of social media.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Kemi

    Yup sm is full of bad intents and evil machinations... not a place to dwell in all the time.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Live laugh and love I say. Their death tells me even loads of money can't bring happiness within. So sad...

  • SweetTEE

    Now that's 100% facts. I promise, If I didn't use SM for business networking, I would be perfectly fine. I'm watching my friends become narcissist right before my eyes. All that fake attention has normal people losing their minds and basing their self worth off "likes" and DM's. Ish is sad really.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    SMH I ain't got time
    .. Lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    every death is here to teach us how to live better
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    I really would like to know just how Oprah is living better than she is already living now...

  • Applebootay

    I love Oprah. That's all....

  • Applebootay

    Not just that....mental illness has been and hopefully won't always be a stigma that people keep silent about.

  • TMW

    Same here. I didn’t suffer leaving, but every time someone says something to me about going back, THAT feels like PTSD flashbacks. SM was just a depressing place to me - so much negativity and hate. And for those same reasons I have to take a break from this site too.

  • Patricia

    exactly. those types of people and their psychological issues (crowd pleasers, attention seekers, approval seekers, narcissists etc) existed long before social media

  • JustB

    People can be perceived as having it all...in a variety of ways...but remember having it all looks different to everyone

  • MsPam

    Sassy, I only worship Jehovah God, because I comment on celebrities don’t mean I worship them. YOU on the other hand make it a point to say who you work/met with! Trust and believe Jehovah ain’t going to be impressed. Go back to carry celebrities dirty drawls! ????

  • MsPam

    Sassy ,I only asked about two celebrities at least! You came here bragging about celebrities, you’re probably work doing clean up behind the scenes. Your not that important, back in the day you were known as a FLUNKY. Do you and me a favor and please take your MIDOL! ?

  • MsPam

    Nope but some people don’t admit that they don’t, you know if you have a different opinion now a days you will get crucified!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Black people are the only race of people who view mental illness as a stigma.

  • Alextra Ballard

    One teachable lesson is,things that appears good on the outside,can be a mess on the inside. I think that's why most people are so stunned when a person takes their own life. The person showed no outward signs. Alot of people with mental health often suffer in silence

  • Logan Roberts

    I've always got fakeness from Oprah & Tyra Banks.

  • Logan Roberts

    Chile fuc folks, I'm a leader not a follower....

  • Black4life

    Not all black people. I tell people all the time to seek therapy.

  • Black4life

    Yes.....

  • WhooCares

    If u don't preach! Yesss!!

  • Merkaba morris

    Well Oprah would know seeming as though she is about 300 yrs old and keep reincarnating on this planet ,and jumping in bodies and doing everything she can to help them restart time in y'all mind with mind control and television . All the entertainers make me sick because they are jus actors to make you believe they have money and control of they life and nothing can be further from the truth, she is clearly a rich slave deceiving the masses, I don't listen to shit Oprah say I don't live in the same reality as she does total illusion .... death don't exist, we are energy beings, and energy never dies it jus transforms .....and Caucasians understand it is jus a door, they get tired of playing the game ...... but we been taught to fear death by religion,society, tradition ,and jus keep holding on as bad as this planet is for dear life , heaven and hell is a state of mine....Love and Light

  • king shun

    i was reading that white people are the most likely to say do not resuscitate or do life saving measures but blacks are number one that want to live no matter how ill or how much they are suffering medically

  • EMILY POST

    Wow so is Ellen the new Oracle because she has a successful daytime show on at grandma hours of the day.... It cracks me up everyone is like Oprah said the same thing that you can hear from a Tony Robbins seminar.

  • Ebony Starr

    Kate Spades sister said that she didn't get help because of what it would do to her brand.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    “I actually think social media and society in general have made it worse for people, because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held,”

    I have been saying that for a LONG time!

  • Connie

    I think she means your spiritual self. You know how Auntie O is always into the spirits and such...lol. Fun aside, I believe we should all become more in tune with our spiritual selves and intuition, life would be way simpler. Okay, dass my deep thinking for the day

  • Karen Brady

    For starters! Yes.

  • Karen Brady

    Girl. I be on here trembling and hiding sometimes.. afraid to share my little itty bitty opionion in this "open' forum.. lol

  • Karen Brady

    Love it!

  • dinedaaka

    This is true. My ex-husbands family kept saying the doctors should intubate (spelling) their mom even though she was at death's door. Her body swelled up so big they had to close the casket at her funeral.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Okay, dass my deep thinking for the day
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    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!! You right tho.....

  • Applebootay

    Black Males in particular, yes our rates of not seeking help is higher in comparison but for so many economical and sociological, etc reasons....we don't trust doctors ever since the tuskegee syphilis experiment, Henrietta Lacks, blacks don't. unfortunate fool with doctors. ..etc....other than stigma. Make no mistake about, in today's world, social climate, EGO is biggest stigma

  • king shun

    yup black folks want every life saving measure possible..that lady still got her daughter hooked up to machines who died in the dentist office because she feed her knowing that she had to go under anesthesia