The recent coverage of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has created turmoil for many people.
Thoughts and statements ranging from “They’re selfish morans.” to “What stops me?” have surfaced and are generating vehement discussions.
Val Kilmer outwardly expressed confusion and anger with regard to the passing of Anthony Bourdain writing “From every corner of the world you were loved. So selfish. You’ve given us cause to be so angry.” in a Facebook post.
Do we attribute these statements claiming suicide is selfish to the grieving process or mental health ignorance?
We know that suicide contagion is real and fosters a different kind of “me too” movement. Although suicide rates are on the rise studies show that a large number of Americans are not able to identify symptoms or early warning signs of mental illness.
How can we increase awareness and reduce stigma?
Celebrities like Kayne West, Kid Cudi, Mariah Carey, and Pete Davidson have all referenced their struggles with mental illness including the shame, embarrassment, and fear associated with having a mental illness.
Open discussions can help reduce the stigma and bring awareness to how people are impacted.
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or text “help me” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.