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Award Winning Chef and Comic Writer Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61 From Suicide

We don’t usually write obituaries on our site instead covering the news in our morning roundups. Today we awoke to the news that award winning chef Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61. The gifted storyteller who helped open up the world to individuals committed suicide while in France for an an episode of his series Parts Unknown. Bourdain’s gift of storytelling extended beyond television and books to the comic world as he was part of the team behind Get Jiro! and Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi published by DC Comics‘ imprint Vertigo and Hungry Ghosts which is currently being published by Dark Horse.

Bourdain is the second celebrity to take their life this week. Fashion designer Kate Spade ended her life three days ago. Both are reminders that no matter the level of celebrity the issues that can lead to suicide impacts us all.

Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year and it’s the third leading cause of death for 15 to 23-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes and each suicide impacts at least 5 other people. Worldwide one million people commit suicide each ear which is one death every 40 seconds.

But for each of those suicides there are 25 attempted.

If you are contemplating suicide or know someone who might be, there are people who are there to help. If you want to help someone who might be suicidal, BeThe1To has 5 steps that you can use to help a loved one that may be in crisis.

If you are suicidal, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 in the United States. Below is a list of other phone numbers from around the world.

  • Argentina: +5402234930430
  • Australia: 131114
  • Austria: 017133374
  • Belgium: 106
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05
  • Botswana: 3911270
  • Brazil: 212339191
  • Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)
  • Croatia: 014833888
  • Denmark: +4570201201
  • Egypt: 7621602
  • Finland: 010 195 202
  • France: 0145394000
  • Germany: 08001810771
  • Holland: 09000767
  • Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000
  • Hungary: 116123
  • India: 8888817666
  • Ireland: +4408457909090
  • Italy: 800860022
  • Japan: +810352869090
  • Mexico: 5255102550
  • New Zealand: 045861048
  • Norway: +4781533300
  • Philippines: 028969191
  • Poland: 5270000
  • Russia: 0078202577577
  • Spain: 914590050
  • South Africa: 0514445691
  • Sweden: 46317112400
  • Switzerland: 143
  • United Kingdom: 08457909090

Every struggle is different. Anyone can be struggling with suicidal thoughts and it is important for them to remember they are not alone. There are people here to help.