Bipolar man sets himself ablaze to get back at ex-girlfriend

Social media has changed the way we communicate and exchange thoughts. However, its platforms, such as Facebook, and its various features such as Facebook Live are now being increasingly used for unintended purposes. In one such incident that took place in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 13, 2017, a 33-year-old, popular local musician, died after setting himself on fire in a suicide that he streamed it live on Facebook.

According to media reports, Jared McLemore, who was struggling with bipolar disorder, did so to get back at his ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against him. In the video, McLemore can be seen drenching himself with kerosene near a bar where his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, worked and setting himself ablaze after she completed work. Witnesses said that McLemore was on fire from head to toe as he ran screaming towards the crowded bar. The man who tried to save the musician was reportedly admitted to a hospital with second-degree burns.

The musician had a history of mental illness and domestic violence. According to McLemore’s family, he had been grappling with bipolar disorder for 19 years and was undergoing treatment. In August 2016, he had been arrested for trying to strangle Moore and had got probation for domestic violence charges in April 2017. He had also been instructed to undergo mental evaluations.

Important to treat mental illness

A sound mental health is important to lead a healthy life. Anyone, irrespective of their caste, creed, culture or ethnicity, can be affected by a mental illness. Therefore, it is important to get such illnesses treated and not judge a person for suffering from one. In severe cases, like the one talked about, getting admitted to a proper health care facility may help.

Although the exact cause of mental illnesses is not known, these are often triggered due to factors such as genetics, an injury, environment or substance abuse. Undergoing a proper diagnosis by a mental health expert and following the recommended treatment plan is crucial to lead a good life and manage the symptoms and/ or condition effectively.

Seeking professional help

People are becoming increasingly aware of the various kinds of mental illnesses and the importance of getting them treated on time. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, there were over 43 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of all adult population — with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year. Since mental health is the foundation for thinking, communication, learning and self-esteem for every individual, it is important for him/her to ensure a healthy mind as well as stay positive.

If you or somebody you know is dealing with any form of mental illness and looking to connect with one of the best mental health facilities in the U.S., the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline can help. Call us at our helpline number 855-653-8178 or chat online with one of our representatives to get the complete details about one of the best mental health centers in your vicinity.