A Tribute to Mac Miller


Earlier this month, music lost an icon. The world stood in shock when Mac Miller’s sudden passing swept news outlets. Two weeks later, grief has not wavered as reality is setting in, and emotions still candidly pour over social media.

Since early projects, like his 2010 “Kids” mixtape, or his 2011 hit album, “Blue Slide Park,” fans and artists have praised the Pittsburgh native for his unique style, funky beats, and transparent lyrics. Throughout his career, Mac and his loved ones have always touched on his struggle with drug abuse and addiction. Today, the lyrics and messages haunt fans by alluding to the mental battles that so recently overtook him.

The death of Mac Miller added to the very concerning recent trend of overdose and self-harm related incidents in the Hollywood community. In April, world-famous DJ Avicii passed away on April 20 from self-inflicted wounds. Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain followed in early June within 3 days of each other. A few months later, Demi Lovato overdosed on July 24th. After spending weeks in the hospital, she continues to work through in a rehabilitation center.

Summer 2018 was stained by a sad truth: while the conversation about mental health seemed to be improving, there is still much work to be done.

At Orange Umbrella, we have been stressing the importance of mental health as the semester is getting underway and workloads are increasing. With deadlines and projects looming, it is easy to become engulfed by work, giving self-care the backseat. It’s in these times, however, that blowing off steam and setting aside time for yourself is key. Sleep, working out, spending time outdoors, and meeting with friends and loved ones are all examples of small ways to cut out time to re-center and destress. Never be afraid to speak up! Everyone goes through ups and downs in life, and individuals react and handle stressors differently. Being in tune to your mental health and knowing your limits can be the biggest aid when life throws everything your way.