Today’s podcast is in response to what has been a more than difficult week for many who looked up to and followed these two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. If you are one of them, or certainly someone who knew them personally, then our hearts are with you. It may be however you’re one of the many people who’ve had someone they love die by suicide, and this has brought complicated feelings back to the surface. As part of my work on Perfectly Hidden Depression, I know we’re not asking all of the questions we should. We need to ask about vulnerability, and the ability to express it. If someone cannot, life can become incredibly overwhelming and tragedy can occur — as it has.

The Suicide Prevention Lifetline in the United States is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 1-800-273-8255. For the UK, the numbers can be found by clicking here.  Also in the US, you can text 741741 at any time and reach someone trained to help.

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