The tragic and shocking passing of popular designer Kate Spade and Superstar Chef and Travel Host Anthony Bourdain have left countless fans stunned and heartbroken. It has also served as a sobering reminder that suicide does not discriminate and that even people who seemingly “have it all” can desperately need help.
In fact, following the death of Mrs. Spade and Mr. Bourdain, suicide prevention hotlines experienced a dramatic spike in calls. This is natural because high profile suicides bring about a national conversation and around the clock media attention. If rich popular celebrities are susceptible to mental health crises, this leaves uncertainty about our own mental health and that of the people we care for.
Seeking Help For Yourself
There are people in your life that love you and want you in their life. If you are having suicidal feelings or thoughts of suicide, seek help.
First, if you are in crisis, visit http://crisissolutionsnc.org. The Crisis Solutions website provides a North Carolina county-by-county search of mental health service providers for people in crisis. In searching for your county, you will receive information about the service providers who are available to help you in your geographic area. Always remember that there is strength in seeking help.
In addition, the National Suicide Prevention lifeline 800 273-8255 provides a confidential, around the clock access to someone to talk to. Give it a chance. These people are trained to speak with you and can also provide additional ideas and resources you may not have thought of. You can also read materials on their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
If you believe that a co-worker, friend, family member, spouse, or child has had suicidal thoughts, then visit #BeThe1To. These materials, created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, lay out the five steps that you should take when it comes helping someone. These steps include: (1) “Ask”; (2) “Keep Them Safe”; (3) Be There; (4) Help them Connect; (5) Follow Up.
In other words, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is encouraging us all to be proactive in monitoring people you know who are at risk, and to point them in the direction of the help they deserve.
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Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law