How to have tough conversations about mental health

This week saw the sudden deaths of Bourdain and designer Kate Spade.

His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night.

Suicide prevention largely focuses on addressing mental health treatment, the CDC found, suggesting that a wider variety of preventive measures could be taken.

The country and world lost two celebrities in a week to suicide: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. If you're anxious about someone, she recommends taking action by "engaging in a conversation that goes a little bit deeper and letting them know that you're there, that you can listen to what they need you to listen to". Unfortunately, it's not just Pennsylvania that saw an increase of deaths from suicide, nearly every other state recorded an increase.

That year, 41,149 Americans died by suicide; it claimed almost 45,000 lives in 2016, making it the 10th leading cause of death nationwide, according to the CDC.

Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years.

Researchers found that over half of the suicide deaths were people who did not have a known mental health condition. "They have a stereotype in their mind of the person who takes their life and why". We reached out to experts about where those who are struggling can turn to for help.

"Chemical imbalance in our brain has nothing to do with how famous we are", said Shatter Our Silence founder Kevin Polky.

Sometimes when a famous person is in the news after committing suicide, there's a tendency for people-especially fans-to want to do it themselves. Although we don't personally know them, with celebrities we feel like we know them.

Laura Marx of the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention says solving the problem starts with knowing the warning signs. The most recent rates, for the years 2014 to 2016, ranged from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to a high of 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or self harm, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Keltz believes talking about mental health and suicide will help erase the stigma associated with it.

  • Santos West