Suicide Prevention Resources
In light of the recent suicides by popular American celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I wanted to provide suicide prevention information for viewers in the United States. Suicide is a concept that is difficult for many people to understand especially when the individuals that take their lives seem to have it all. There are many factors that lead to suicides including mental illnesses like depression, economic conditions and, social isolation. Depression is one of the higher leading mental illnesses that result in suicide. I asked a close friend to describe what her struggle with depression feels like and this was her response.
According to the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have increased by 25% nationwide. There are no encouraging words I can say to take pain and sadness away but I believe that suicide is never the answer. If you or a loved one needs resources for suicide prevention, please check out the links provided below.
Crisis prevention phonecalls:
Call or Text Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255