The recent public suicides of Kate Spade, fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, world-traveling chef and television host, highlight how suicide can touch anyone, regardless of how “good” their life may seem. According to a recent report from the Centers for disease Control and Prevention, in more than half of all suicide deaths, the person had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives. This same report showed an increase in suicide rates in all but one U.S. state, with the rate increasing over 30% in half of the states. With this alarming upward trend, you cannot ignore the warning signs in your friends and loved ones nor risk your own health and safety by not seeking out assistance. Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention and you can offer support and understanding, talk about your own mental health openly to end the stigma against mental health, and spread the word about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other mental health resources.
If you or a loved one is in extreme distress, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential support 24hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-273-8255.
You can also visit their website for resources and more information: