In the wake of the recent suicides of fashion and accessory designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef, author, and award-winning travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has seen an increase in calls during the time span following their deaths. "There's still a lot more that needs to be done, but I think we're going in the right direction", he said.
"If I find out that somebody in the person's life has committed suicide, that is a strong data point". Suicide is an all too common problem and even affects those who seem to have it all together.
"We really try to get out there with the prevention training and education as much as possible, but there's still that huge stigma of suicide". Almost 54 percent of the individuals did not have a diagnosed mental illness. Other problems, such as relationship issues, alcoholism or substance abuse or financial struggles push many people over the edge. While psychiatry services are covered by OHIP in Ontario, a visit to a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor is not, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association estimates 50-minute session costs at between $60 and $150 - out of reach for many. For readers outside the USA, visit Suicide.org or Befrienders Worldwide for global resources you can use to find help.
273-8255 - has been widely shared across social media in the last week - with celebrities, news outlets and advocates urging people who have suicidal thoughts to call. TSPN's Executive Director, Scott Ridgway, MS, highlights that "the number one risk factor for suicide is undiagnosed depression".
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More Americans of all stripes are committing suicide every year, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. If someone is concerned about a loved one, clinicians can contact that person. This project provides suicide prevention information to gun shops, gun owners, etc. with the goal of education toward safe storage and local resources for suicide prevention (http://tspn.org/gun-safety-project).
According to the CDC, suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S.
Experts in suicide prevention say such details can be risky. Send them a text and say congratulations...
"You can be the difference in getting them the help they need", the organization says. Make sure they give you their word that they will not take their life.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time, do not handle it alone, immediately seek help by calling 911 or The National Suicide Hotline 1-800 SUICIDE. "If it does, please reach out and support yourself".