This is national Suicide Prevention Week, and this post has received more traffic as well as comments/requests from users of this site as well as comments from publishers, bloggers, and some regional news services and papers. While hesitant to write and publish this, we did want to touch on this topic with all the recent headlines over the last few months, including with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Over the last 10 years or so we have had people write to us saying that they were struggling so much financially, fleeing domestic violence, or facing some other hardship that they were about to “give up” as they could not take it anymore. Some clearly wrote considering or planning on “suicide” in their message to us, some other emails strongly implied it. We refer any emailers to the national suicide hotline of 1-800-273-8255.
While we can only guess how many emails we have received over the last 10 years or so as we never tracked them, we would guess it would be around 100. So only a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of emails we have received over the 10 years may have hinted at suicide. But even one is of course too many. In each of those cases we gave the emailer a contact number to call to speak to a professional, and we are not it was most likely the suicide hotline which is 1-800-273-8255.
The CDC recently reported that suicide rates have increased 25% since 1999, with increases in almost every state. We would assume the data also shows it increasing across all income levels, with recessions and financial struggles leading to higher suicide rates as well as noted below. While suicide is a mental health issue and we are not therapists, medical professionals, and are not experts, we did want to highlight this issue only so that we can provide the suicide hotline to call. As we will always refer a messenger to an expert/hotline.
Anthony Bordain – Parts Unknown was one of the very few TV shows I watch, and it upset me to see him go. I have also read some of his books, kept up on him in the news and read articles about him (even prior to this weekend), and of course watched some of coverage of his suicide this weekend. It seems most people who know him were shocked at this turn of events, and his suicide did make me sad.
There were many comments in regards to this suicide, and how you never really know anyone…you never know what is in someone’s head or heart. So many people put out illusions of their lives, or they just flat out lie and intentionally deceive others. I have learned how true that is.
As it seemed to me, while I did not know him personally (and only what I read and watched), he had great things going for him. Many of the commentators and his friends all said they were shocked Anthony Bordain took his life. That seems to be a common theme. Suicides such as these just show you never really know anyone…and as we said in our forum, does anyone really know anyone? http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/helpwithbills/viewtopic.php?t=6780
After reading more on the recent CDC report, and based on the summary of experts, they can’t really attribute the increase in suicide rates to anything. There is no conclusive data. But one item that may have contributed to an increase, according to the CDC and experts how analyzed the report, was the recessions in both early 2000 and 2008-2009. This is when a low to moderate income family may have been facing a financial hardship, and maybe they even emailed us. No matter the cause, whether it is someone struggling to pay the bills, pay for their housing, or have some other challenge, the number of suicide are going in the wrong direction.
Get help, someone to talk to, etc.
For any readers of this blog or our website who is struggling or needs someone to talk to, the suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255. The line is toll free for low to moderate income families, the poor, and anyone in need. We will always refer any future emails to this post and that number.