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Some of the higher profile people that I have admired and followed over the years have recently fallen victim to death by suicide and have once again brought to the forefront of our conversations and concerns the devastating effects of suicide. Almost a year ago from the date that I write this article, 41-year old lead singer rock star Chester Bennington of Linkin Park fame left behind a beautiful wife and 6 children. REF And just recently 55-year old internationally famous fashion designer, Kate Spade, left behind a husband and one children REF . And shortly thereafter, 61-year old celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality, Anthony Bourdain left behind a child. The entire world feels the loss of such talented and remarkable individuals.
Surprisingly, middle-aged women, between 45 and 64, actually had the highest suicide rate among women in both 1999 and 2014. This age group also had the largest increase in suicide rate: 63%, from 6 to 9.8 per 100,000. The 45-64 age group also had the largest increase in suicide rate among men: 43%, from 20.8 to 29.7 per 100,000.But suicide is no respecter of fame, fortune, or social status, and can strike a person regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, or economic or social status and I am so thrilled that a free resource is available to all people to help them in time of need and it’s called the National Suicide Prevention Hotline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ This free resource is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to provide free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The call center is actually composed of a large network of over 150 local- and state-funded accredited crisis centers that located across the United States and that work together with a consistent training program geared to assist those who call in for help. And what’s even special about this service is that a caller is rerouted to a local crisis center based on the are code that the caller is calling in from which provides the advantage of being able to refer the individual to other services in the area to help them after the call.
Midlife Magazine LLC is proud to share this wonderful service organization with as many people as possible and as a resource that everyone should make available for themselves and their loved ones in a desperate time of need that any of us could someday face.
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