- Alison Peak
This week we lost two public figures to suicide, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. For many of us this news comes a great shock and with some sense of reverent sadness. Sadness that a life has ended, that someone we may admired clearly struggled so much. For others these deaths highlight suicide as an option for escape. In the moments of feeling so lost and so wounded, many loose sight of all the wonderful aspects of life-birthdays, graduations, ice cream. Suicide is a growing problem in the US, up by 25% over the last 20 years. There are options for support and help if you or a loved one ever find themselves considering suicide. There are hotlines, counselors, emergency departments, and an array of family members and other professionals who deeply want to be a supportive presence in a time of darkness. The link below is guide to watching for signs of suicide and how to talk to others when we are worried for their safety.