(Mankato, MN) – For the second time this week, a high profile celebrity has taken their own life.
According to CNN…chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain is dead at the age of 61, and the cause is suicide. Bourdain was found Friday morning in his hotel room in France, where he was working on an upcoming episode of his TV series “Parts Unknown.”
Bourdain’s death comes just days after fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life.
For those in southern Minnesota who are themselves or know someone who’s dealing with depression or suicidal ideations, there are many 24/7 options for help.
Those having a mental health crisis can text MN to 741741 to be connected to local resources.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifelife can be reached at 800-273-TALK (8255).
More locally, the crisis hotline for Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley and Watonwan counties is 1-877-399-3040.
Minnesota’s suicide rate has been rising steadily for the last two decades. In 2016, about 750 people died by suicide in the state, or more than two per day on average.
Nationally, the CDC says around 45,000 people died of suicide in 2016 and the rates are rising in nearly all states, with Minnesota among those with the largest increases.
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