Kern Behavioral Health sees spike in calls following celebrity suicides


Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services says they’ve seen a spike in calls to their suicide prevention hotline in recent days.

A CDC report and the two high-profile deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef and author Anthony Bourdain have put suicide back in the national discussion. 

According to the CDC report, suicides have increased by 30 percent between the years 1999 and 2016.

Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery says its seen a 31 percent rise of calls to its hotline.

Ellen Eggert with Behavioral Health says don’t be afraid to bring up the topic with someone you’re concerned about.

“Don’t ever assume no one can be at risk, because anybody can be at risk and most people won’t come and tell you,” she said.

Eggert also said social interaction can help people cope and talking about it can help people get the help they need.

You can reach the National Prevention Hotline by calling 1-800-991-5272.

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