A few weeks ago on June 5th, Kate Spade, a well-known fashioner designer for handbags and other sophisticated accessories, took her own life in her New York apartment. Spade was found by her housekeeper before police responded at around 10am. A suicide note was also found at the scene addressing Spade’s long time husband and teenage daughter. There was no specific reason as to why she decided to take her own life other than a statement from her husband, Andy Spade, who stated she had been suffering from anxiety and depression for more than five years.
A few days later another very influential person, Anthony Bourdain, fell victim to the same unfortunate fate. Bourdain was known for his award winning show “Parts Unknown” in which he would showcase his favorite foods and different cultures through his extensive travels. Bourdain was 60 years old when he was found in his hotel room, at the Le Chambord in France, by apparently hanging himself. At the time he was traveling with his friend Eric Ripert who was also worried when he had missed dinner and breakfast.
What do two suicides, by two very successful and influential people say about the rising rates of suicide in the United States? Since 2016 it is noted that suicide rates have risen by 30 percent. As suicide is looked at by a closer lens, it is important to recognize that 90 percent of people who commit suicide are suffering from a mental health disorder. While many who commit suicide do suffer from some sort of disorder, it is important to also realize depression and anxiety are the least likely to cause suicide, rather people dealing with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders or more likely to commit suicide. However, we still can’t ignore how many people living in the United States who are suffering, that can no longer go on and decide to take their own lives.
Many believe the lifestyle that is often lived by people living in America may cause such dramatic rises in depression and suicide, such as too many work hours and less vacation or family time, the competitiveness which often can overwhelm others or cause others to not feel good enough, and the fast paced lifestyle many people in the United States suffer from can also cause overwhelming anxiety or even depression. Others also believe the pressure from success and fame may have been a contributing factor with Bourdain and Spade claiming it can be an immense load of pressure on someone who must meet the demands of their exhausting careers.
Aamina Guidry is a writter for CSUITEMUSIC.com
We will never know what Bourdain and Spade were suffering with, or what they must have been going through the days of their deaths. But we do know that suicide is a problem in the United States as it is the third leading cause of death for young adults and 2nd for adults 24-35 years old. Every sixteen minutes one person commits suicide, and effects 6 other people. We must become proactive of these mental health concerns and what can be done to support those who are silently suffering before it’s too late.
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