Titi Branch, Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's Hair Care Products Passes Away at 45

1BlessedNatural: Titi Branch, Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's Hair Care Products Passes Away at 45 
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Today, many of us in the natural hair world are at a loss for words at the passing of Miss Jessie's hair products co-founder, Titi Branch at age 45. Although, Branch passed away on December 4, 2014, the news of Branch's passing was announced via NV Magazine on Facebook yesterday. According to the obituary, the cause of Titi Branch's death was due to "an apparent suicide due to asphyxia."

Both Titi and Miko Branch were leaders in the natural hair community because they owned their own salon in New York, and were some of the first people to develop and sell products that were dedicated to natural hair in major stores. 

I do not know Titi Branch's whole story, but I know that depression is no joke. If you are suffering through depression, please let someone know. Do not be embarrassed by your feelings because everyone goes through hard times and no one is perfect. Do not be afraid to reach out to a friend, family member, or mental health professional. If you know someone who is going through depression, do not be afraid to help them. Lend them your ear. Lend them a shoulder to cry on. There are also numbers you can call to better assist them. Spend time with them, and most importantly, pray for them!

I send my love and prayers for Titi Branch's family, especially her sister, Miko.

If you or someone you know is thinking about committing suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255. Their website is www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org