I rarely post but with all the recent suicide news, I feel compelled to say something, especially with suicide prevention being such an important part of my work.

You may have heard news circulating about Kate Spade, and more recently, Anthony Bourdain. For some reason, the Anthony Bourdain news really hit me hard. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching Parts Unknown recently. Regardless, suicide doesn’t discriminate! Even the most adventurous of souls, like Anthony Bourdain, and people who seem to have everything, like Kate Spade, may be waging a battle with their own mind about taking their life.

It’s important that you speak up and talk to someone if you are having suicidal ideations. There is help and suicide is preventable. We can all also play an active part in suicide prevention. FACTS…Feelings, Actions, Changes, Threats, and Situations. If you notice any drastic changes in someone in one of these areas, have a conversation with the individual and don’t be afraid to ask if he/she is thinking about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is available 24/7 with caring individuals who are ready and willing to help. You can also text DE to 741741 to communicate via text with someone at Crisis Text Line if talking on the phone isn’t your thing.

– Jennifer Seo, Deputy Director