Suicide Serious Health Threat

There are lots of things in life which can create dangers to ourselves and those we love the most. One of them is suicide. I mention this because the apparent suicides of two famous people, designer Kate Spade and popular chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, which occurred within just a few days of each other, are sad reminders that no matter how rich, famous, successful, proficient or needed any person might be, depression can come in many forms, for many reasons and, when it hits hard enough, good people can die. If you notice serious changes in yourself or those you love, such as sudden changes in attitudes or behaviors, loss of interest in favorite things or activities, uncharacteristic sadness, withdrawal, or anger, reckless or irresponsible actions, a new or serious up-tick in alcohol or drug use, giving away precious items, spending money excessively, sudden changes in diet, activities, or sleep patterns, unexplained absences from work, odd comings and goings at odd hours, or anything else which strikes you as notably different or strange, please don’t just shrug it off.

If this is happening to you, please take stock and get some help now! If it’s happening with a loved one, confront it compassionately, but directly and don’t take “no problem” or “nothing’s wrong” for an answer. Get involved and do something. One of those might be calling in spouses, parents, siblings, significant others, other family members, the person’s doctor, a well-liked boss or co-worker, a teacher or clergy person or even a dependable neighbor. Another resource is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 1-800-273-8255. Please get involved now, when you can actually try to make a difference, not when it’s time to plan a funeral.