Lee Macmillan was a van life influencer who died at the age of 28, according to some reports she committed suicide when after she went missing. She was hit and died by an Amtrak Train in Santa Barbara, California.
This was on March 26, and on the same day there was an Instagram post on her account saying “After living an extraordinary life and fighting a brave fight with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee Macmillan has passed away on Friday” on which was added, “ She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many”.
In December last year, she brought up her struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in a video on Instagram and also that she said this all happened when she put others need before hers.
Lee Macmillan life was full of adventures and she was living a healthy life with romance and freedom and no one knew what she was feeling inside of her. Since the year 2016, Lee Macmillan travelled to many places including her home country Canada to South America with her boyfriend and her travelling partner Max Bidstrup and their Australian shepherd Occy. Lee Macmillan and Max both had 495,000 followers on Youtube where they uploaded all of their travel videos.
Lee Macmillan and Max separated in late 2019 and in 2020 Lee Went on a Sprinter Tour of Morocco with two other social-media-savvy road warriors. Their trip was halted by the COVID after three months, and after six months, MacMillan settled into Santa Barbara.
A GOFundMe page has been set up in Lee Macmillan’s name to raise money to help people suffering from mental health and other problems which can lead to suicide and unlike Lee they can tell people what they are feeling inside of them and get help before some tragedy happens.
After Lee Macmillan Died, her Instagram post said
“ After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday. She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.
If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health and that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem. It’s ok to not be ok, it’s ok to ask for help, it’s absolutely necessary to ask for help.
Lee was an advocate for mental health. She was candid and open about her own struggles. She was receiving help: from professionals, from family, from friends. She had support around her. She was not alone, she was not trying to fight this alone. And yet she still succumbed to this terrible illness. It is more nuanced than we can, or do, appreciate or understand.
Life is more complex than a single social media post. Things are complicated. Don’t believe what you see online. Get out into the world and talk to your loved ones. Check-in. Ask them genuinely how they’re doing. Be available to help. To listen. To offer help. Remove the stigma of asking for help.
Let’s spread the awareness of this issue, for Lee and everyone else who needs to hear this: #speakupforlee
And hold your loved ones tight. Tell them you love them. Because life can change in an instant.
We will miss her with every fibre of our hearts.