The unfortunate recent deaths by suicide of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have somberly reminded us again about the importance of suicide prevention. While each individual is unique in their own struggles and challenges, as well as coping mechanisms, there are general steps to ensure one’s own well-being, and well-being of others. If you or someone you care about is struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, research has shown that talking about it is a direct way towards feeling better. With help from a mental health professional, those struggling with suicidal thoughts can get help in coping with their emotional pain. And often, entering therapy leads to a better way of living and experiencing life.
For further reading, please click on the link below, which offers a very helpful guide on what to do if you are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings:
In case of an immediate crisis, please call the following:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).