On seeing news last week of first Kate Spade's and then Anthony Bourdain's deaths due to suicide by hanging, I had a flashback to the day in October 2014 when my mom called me about my nephew. Well, we truly hope that Deepika's heartfelt letter strikes a chord with people, particularly those who are battling depression. Experts suggest that the stress of modern society, including overworking and constantly being on the phone, adds to the alarming rise in depression and mental illness in America. The study found that the rates of death by suicide from 2000 to 2016 increased by 21% for boys and men and 50% for girls and women, the article reported.
Almost 45,000 Americans killed themselves in 2016, according to the CDC, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem.
Andy - who was living apart from Kate at the time of her death - said: "Kate was the most lovely woman in the world". In the span of 15 years, 13 physicians - majority on faculty at the academic medical center - took their lives, she said. That's why I thought it was handsome and touching when our fellow Inc.com columnist Dave Kerpen - also a serial entrepreneur and a best-selling author - wrote a compelling and vulnerable article about why it's past time for us to work to destigmatize depression (the article that inspired this conversation can be found here). According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a staggering 70 percent of suicides in the USA are committed by men. "Those without a known mental health condition suffered more from relationship problems and other life stressors such as criminal/legal matters, eviction/loss of home, and recent or impending crises".
It invariably leads to more discussions about suicide, not just in Bermuda but around the world..
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"I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor's advice", she wrote. They are also far less generously funded compared with other leading causes of death.
The most effective help, though, remains the support of friends, family and neighbours, especially if they can learn to detect warning signs such as withdrawal, talk about wanting to die or the sudden misuse of booze or pills.
"The details can fill in the picture", she said. Suicide shouldn't be used as a political pawn, nor recast to fit an agenda or conspiracy theory (as both Spade's and Bourdain's deaths have been).
Trending hashtags are great to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, however, conversations are more meaningful. The reasons someone may choose to take his or her life are deeply personal.