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What to do when you don't know what to do... 1-800-273-TALK

Three days after the shocking suicide of TV Chief Anthony Bourdain, new details that could shed light on his possible mental state in the days leading to his death. 

Rose McGowan, a close friend of Bourdain's girlfriend writing in a memo that the 61-year-old chef "was part of a 'pull up your bootstraps and march on' generation, the 'a strong man doesn't ask for help' generation".

But, Bourdain did touch on his struggles on his TV show.  He has said, "I'd like to be happy...  I should be happy, I have incredible luck.  I'd like to be able to look out the window and say, 'you know?  Life is good'.  

A therapist asked, "and, you don't?"

To which he responded, "no". 

These and other cases have people in the area asking questions of how to better assist those with depression and are discussing mental health.  

There are resources available for support and mental health, but health officials' say stigmas surrounding seeking treatment are still too pervasive.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a rise in death by suicide in nearly every state.  

54% of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition, but mental health disorders like depression remain a leading factor.  That means that some people may know that their mental health is not well still don't seek help.

The Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania CEO Bill Grove says stigmas associated with poor mental health or seeing a counselor "are mostly based on falsehoods.  People that are conquering their issues with mental health are as much a hero as anybody overcoming other kinds of illnesses in their lives."

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has seen an increase in call volume.  That number is 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255.

Officials say that talking about it spreads awareness about the silent pain that some people live with. 


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