The world lost two incredibly talented and accomplished people to suicide recently, designer Kate Spade and traveling chef/TV host Anthony Bourdain. It’s a sad story that keeps playing out; successful, yet anguished artists who end their lives; icons like Hemingway, Monroe, Cobain, Williams, and too many more. The deaths of these influential people sometimes even cause spikes that psychologists have named “suicide contagion.” If you or someone you know has thoughts about suicide, read on to see how to fight them.
I minister with and to artists, and it’s true that creative people can be sensitive or susceptible to depression. But this tragedy of suicidal tendencies grips people from all walks of life. The CDC says suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in America.