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Coming right after the suicide of Robin Williams, new comments on depression and suicide have surfaced from Gene Simmons in an article by Rolling Stone. Nikki Sixx responded to the comments by completely disagreeing with Simmons…and we back him up in this case. There are options for people suffering from depression and pushing someone to do something that will end their life is not how we should be supporting those in need:

Gene Simmons’ Depression and Suicide Comments Anger Nikki Sixx

In an interview with, Simmons essentially dismissed depression as a mental disorder. “For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself. I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd,” Simmons said.

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx chastised Simmons on his Sixx Sense radio show. “It’s pretty moronic because [Simmons] thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the God of Thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words,” Sixx said. “There is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself.'”

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Josh Rizzo in Iraq in 2005

Josh Rizzo in Iraq in 2005

Memorial Day is a weird time of year for me. I have torrents of mixed emotions about West Point, the military, and combat. The one thing I do not have mixed emotions about is my love for all of the warriors who refused to go gentle into that good night. That love extends to the remarkably strong families and friends of those who stood tall in the face of horror.

I can’t explain how proud I am to have served with so many men and women better than myself. I’ll always have mixed emotions about leaving the military and hanging up my weapons. However, I’m humbled to be involved with providing a safe place for our veterans and their families in dealing with the effects of trauma.

With a heavy heart, on behalf of the huddl community, I’d like to say thank you to all of our veterans. You are always in my heart and you will always be family.