Suicide rates skyrocketing

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suicide rates are up 30% since 1999. 30%. Isolation and drug abuse (think: alcohol, opioids) are considered among the leading causes. This is notable on the heels of recent high-profile suicides by designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. All age groups (except over 75), all US states (except Nevada, which was already very high) and all levels of urbanization have seen increases. Interestingly / sadly, more than half of suicides occurred in individuals with no mental health diagnosis, which seems to mean that people who need help aren’t reaching out or not receiving it. So, if you need help you can start with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-8255. #NoStigma