Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

Calls to the National Suicide Prevention hotline jumped 25 percent after the high-profile suicide deaths of CNN food critic Anthony Bourdain and fashion icon Kate Spade last week.



Many news articles and social media posts that reported the deaths of Bourdain and Spade urged people to call the hotline number at 1-800-273-8255 if they are considering harming themselves.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director John Draper said calls to the hotline expressed feelings of depression and anxiety after Bourdain and Spade took their own lives.

Drape told the Wall Street Journal that celebrity deaths can bring about a “collective sense of loss that many people feel.”

Draper said the people who man the hotline have saved lives by referring callers to mental health resources in their area.

“The research is really clear that these calls have been shown to reduce emotional distress and suicidal crisis,” Draper said.

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  • bemetoo

    sad…so sad…

  • Trace da Ace

    damn…..just wish that they could have gotten the help that they obviously needed so much.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    So glad that people are becoming more aware … Death brings enlightenment … It makes you question WTF … Especially suicide … Get help if you need it … There is help available and you are not alone ever guys …. ?

  • justlooking

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. People are ashamed to say, I just don’t feel like living anymore. It’s very sad and unfortunate, what I find so odd, both of the above said they loved their daughter so much. Praying for all that are troubled.

  • sunni_daze

    Maybe we need to look into some of these drugs that cause suicidal thoughts as a side effect. Any drug that causes you to consider taking your own life, should not be on the market and never should have been approved.

  • Miss Thang

    This is a good thing. but there are also a lot of therapists that do not accept insurance, and the ones who do, are usually subpar.

  • Fire & Ice

    I’m happy that people are calling in for help. Hearing of Anthony’s death on Friday, was so heartbreaking. I just couldnt wrap my head around it. I pray he and Kate are now at peace ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Good! keep calling….. please.

  • MsVAllDay

    Man it’s sad that as talented as these individuals were it’s their deaths that are going to save others!

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. People are ashamed to say, I just don’t feel like living anymore. It’s very sad and unfortunate!!!!!!!!!!

  • ???TheRider???

    I think in this society of social media, you can’t show you’re in pain. It’s all about what I have and what I can brag about, smdh. I wasn’t blessed with children, but I think if I had, suicide would be the last thing on my mind, no matter how depressed I was, that child/ren gave you something to live for.

  • Kemi

    I’m glad they’re getting the help and support they need, before it’s too late..

  • justlooking

    I wasnt speaking of social media. Folks dont feel comfortable telling their best friend or mama. Folks will say yoi are week. Damn shame.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    My heart aches for these families of ones who felt it was the only way. The shoulda woulda and couldas I know plays constantly like a loop even though some publicly wear the biggest smiles….

  • Judi Jupiter

    That seems to be about 80% of the market…smh

  • sunni_daze

    Then 80% of the market needs to be thrown tf away.