The recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have brought a major public health problem from the shadows to the forefront of public discussion: in almost every state in the U.S., suicide rates have risen 25% – 30% over the past 20 years.
There are no quick and simple answers as to why some people who suffer financial setbacks or family disruptions take their lives. Researchers are also still trying to understand why some people who’ve suffered for years with clinical depression take their lives, while others do not.
There are a few key factors that many doctors and researchers point to, however, according to a recent New York Times article:
* Depression, especially if untreated
* Inadequate mental health care systems
* Easy access to guns
* Aggressive marketing of opioids
* Erosion of financially stable jobs
* Disruption of traditional social networks
This last factor might be the one we can most directly tackle on our own: the need for face-to-face social networks. “The social scientists Christopher Lasch and Robert Putnam