The high-profile deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has turned attention to a recent increase in suicide rates, especially among middle-aged adults. A report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 1999 and 2017, suicide rates increased significantly in forty-four states. Massachusetts was among twenty-five states where the increase was more than 30 percent. Baystate Medical Center’s Dr. Barry Sarvet and UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Science’s Lisa Wexler joined Carrie Saldo to shed light on these findings.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.