This week’s news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain from suicide, remind us of the reality that behind every face is a story, and often, we have no idea how painful or hopeless that story is to the one living it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. One of the glaring myths about suicide is that it is always the result of mental illness. However, studies have shown that suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. Factors that can contribute to suicide include substance misuse, financial or legal stress, a recent crisis, or relationship issues.
Learning more about the warning signs for suicide and what we can do to help is important. Online resources such as reportingonsucide.org list the following:
Warning Signs for Suicide
• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Displaying extreme mood swings
If you need help for yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
• Talk: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
For those of you who have lost someone to suicide, we humbly acknowledge your unique burden of loss. Surely, suicide leaves a wake of devastation in its path that rocks us to our very roots. We want you to know that although you may likely never fully understand why, you can work through the pain, adjust to the hole left by someone’s absence, and move forward with renewed hope. It can be a long process, but we are here to walk alongside you. Call us and allow us the honor of supporting you on your journey.
At The Elizabeth Hospice, our grief support services are available to the community-at-large, regardless if a person was on hospice or the type of death experienced. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help at 800.797.2050 or learn about our ongoing grief support groups and services on our website.
Paula Bunn, Manager
The Elizabeth Hospice Grief Counseling Services