Last week, chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade both passed away from suicide. It's easy to point to technology and the changes it brings to how we handle our everyday lives; it's also easy to say that the nation has lost its way, with no clear moral compass.
But when at-risk individuals and those who know them reach out for help, the chance of suicide significantly decreases. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
Researchers have also been exploring the extent to which "suicidal contagion", - the phenomeon in which a publicized suicide serves as a trigger for the more suicidal crises from susceptible or suggestible persons - is a factor following celebrity deaths. The Centers for Disease Control also reported a almost 30 percent increase in suicide deaths in the United States from 1999 until 2016. While mental illness is not a transmittable disease, there are many studies suggesting suicide can, in a way, be contagious. But other factors - strained relationships, work or finance stressors, poor physical health, recent or impending crises - are important to recognize as well. She is a licensed mental health counselor and oversees statewide efforts to help those affected by suicide. You can learn more about its services, including its guide on what to do if you see suicidal language on social media.
None of us is immune to thoughts of suicide, regardless of status, party, religion, age, or gender. He serves on the steering committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and on the N.H. Suicide Prevention Council. "Just the story can become a trigger, and reminds them of their loved one, especially when the reporting is bad", she says. Tens of millions of us-about one in every five Americans-live among you every day without you knowing that we have a mental illness.
"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D.in a statement on the CDC's website.
Wyoming has mental health facilities in every county to help those dealing with mental health issues, but for smaller counties having a limited number of resources can put a strain on the resources themselves.
For a person who feels disconnected, just a little connection can make all the difference.
As always, if you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, text anonymously at 741741, or call 911 for assistance in emergency situations.
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