Last week, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, two of the most brilliant minds and personalities in their respective industries, died by suicide. Also last week, we learned that the suicide rate in Minnesota continues to increase – in fact, it’s up 40.6 percent over an 18-year period. The statistics show a similar upward trend in all states except Nevada.Jill Wiedemann-WestAlthough tragedies like these are unfortunately not a new phenomenon to those who work in the mental health field, including me, let’s acknowledge that last week was an especially tough one. Be it a handbag designer, a celebrity chef or one of the 745 Minnesotans who died by suicide in 2016, suicide is always a tragic loss that touches so many.These tragedies remind us that we all...
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Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Minnesota’s rising suicide rate: Now is the time for a better mental health system