It’s Glow Time: Stevens Institute Lights Up for Neon Nights to Support Mental Health
By Lauren Patetta The Bissinger Room at Stevens Institute had never seen so much color. Strings of neon stars hung from the walls, bright streamers ...
Every suicide death is a tragedy. In recent days we have lost two well-known and admired figures to suicide Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. We, at The Jed Foundation, are deeply saddened for their families, friends, colleagues and all who are impacted by these tragedies. We want to share our heartfelt condolences.
When someone influential is lost to suicide, it’s normal to have an emotional response even if you did not know them personally. Suicide can bring up feelings of confusion, guilt, hopelessness and more.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. For 24/7, free, confidential support, TEXT 741741 or CALL 800-273-8255, and visit jedfoundation.org/our-approach for more information and resources.
These tragic events serve as reminders that anyone can struggle emotionally, and that we don’t always know what’s really going on in someone’s life.
It’s a reminder of just how important it is to check in with anyone you’re worried about, even those who might appear to be strong, and to get additional help when it’s needed. Support and resources are available and can make all the difference. Suicide is never the answer.
This week, we also received disturbing news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about the continuing increase in rates of suicide across the U.S. in recent years.
In light of this, our Dr. Vic shares a few thoughts with our JED Community:
We at JED are doing all we can to support the health and safety of teens and young adults at schools and in their communities. We can all work together to spread awareness about these critical issues and helpful resources, and advocate for sensible mental health policies and expansion of services. Most importantly, we can all do our best to take care of ourselves and each other and to seek help and support when it is needed.
Learn what to do if you’re worried about yourself or someone else:
Get involved: Become a JED Volunteer
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.