Seraph committed suicide this past Saturday after an 18-month struggle with depression, according to APAC President Ela Darling, who wrote of the fetish star’s death on her blog.
Darling noted on her blog and it was mentioned in the FSC release that Seraph “would not have wanted her death to be sugarcoated.”
“When someone kills themselves we want to talk about it in whimsical, delicate terms but she wouldn’t have wanted that," Darling said. "She died as intensely as she lived. She died on her own terms just the way she lived. This wasn’t sudden. This wasn’t unexpected. She wouldn’t want us talking about this in soft, gentle terms. She was hardcore and this was part of her intensity that made her shine so brightly.”
The FSC said that Seraph “is remembered fondly by producers, performers, and fans who have responded to the star’s death by flooding social media with photos and memories of her career commemorating her generous spirit, intellect and ferocity.”
With the release honoring Seraph, the FSC issued a statement on mental health and resources available to members, as well as nonmembers.
“Finding mental health resources that are safe and welcoming to the industry is challenging, and sex workers from all walks of life often face discrimination and harassment when attempting to access services,” the FSC said.
“If you are in search of sex positive/sex worker friendly mental health resources and support groups, please refer to the list and reach out to FSC should you have questions.”
The adult entertainment trade group has listed resources that individuals can tap into below.
- St. James Infirmary (Bay Area): "A peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families, offering peer counseling and psychotherapy as well as primary care and sexual health services."
- Hernando Chaves MFT, DHS (Los Angeles)
- Kate Loree, LMFT, ATR MBA (Encino)
- Dr. Marilyn Lawrence, Ph.D (Beverly Hills) Clinical Sexologist & Diplomate Certified Sex Therapist
- Amie Harwick, Ph.D, MFT (West Hollywood)
- Dossie Easton, MFT (Bay Area)
- Adult Performer Advocacy Committee: "The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers education and organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety and community."
- Sex Worker Outreach Project (Los Angeles chapter): "We are sex workers of all backgrounds who are interested in building support for each other. Sex work can cause feelings of isolation and connecting with someone who has had a similar experience can be comforting. To learn more, send us an email or give our hotline a call. Peers are verified and vetted for security."
- #AdultIndustrySupportGroups: "In need of a place to discuss loss, love, anger, grief, shame, confusion, passion, or fear? Share your stories, or just listen. For more information and to find out locations, and times for Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon sessions." Email: A.I.S.G@icloud.com
- Abeni (Orange County): "Abeni exists to create a safe, confidential place for those working in the Orange County sex trades, as well as those being domestically sex trafficked. We aim to be a present source of relevant, relational and holistic support for those who are working or have worked in the adult entertainment industry."
Pictured: January Seraph