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Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade suicides bring attention to national problem

Suicide Hotline

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Friday morning began with another tragic story; the death of chef, writer and TV host Anthony Bourdain.

His death comes just days after the death of Fashion Designer Kate Spade. Both are alleged suicides.

Psychologist Dr. Christian Conte joined the KDKA Radio Morning News to talk about mental health and how it affects everyone.

“When a high profile person does this, what it reminds us is we are all going through stuff that others can’t see. We project when people have outside things doing well that they are automatically doing well internally, and it’s just not true,” said Conte.

The aftereffects of suicide play a big role. Friends and family are left asking themselves what they could have done to prevent this.

“20 years of doing therapy and I have watched the impact go so much farther and wider than anyone could understand who actually commits suicide,” Conte told KDKA Radio.

“When someone is committing suicide they are not thinking about their family or people who care about him or her Dr. Conte said. It is not selfish; it is a reflection of how much pain that person is in,” said Dr. Conte. “Imagine [on] 9/11, there were people who jumped out of the window when the fire was so hot;  That’s an effective analogy to understand the fire in someone’s brain when they decide to make that choice; they are not thinking all the way down the road because it is so intense inside their mind.”

There is help for anyone out there. If an individual is struggling there is nothing to be embarrassed about; everyone has issues. Suicide goes much deeper than the person committing it.

If you need help you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

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