Health Team

Expert: Know warning signs of suicide to prevent crisis from becoming tragedy

Posted June 10, 2018 9:14 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT

— The recent suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend of rising suicide rates among middle-aged Americans.

A new report found an uptick in suicide rates in nearly every state since 1999.

Middle-aged adults, between the ages of 45 and 64, had the highest rate increase. Bourdain was 61 and Spade was 55.

Experts say knowing the warning signs in family, friends and co-workers can help stop a crisis from becoming a tragedy.

“If I have a mental illness, I may have a problem trusting people. I’m extremely anxious going out. It’s so much harder and studies show that people around me in my life get it, understand what I’m going through,” said Peg Morrison with NAMI. “If they educate themselves just a little bit, my outcomes will be better.”

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.