Sui­cides boost calls to hot­lines

Celebri­ties’ deaths prompt many to seek in­for­ma­tion on warn­ing signs

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - From Staff Re­ports

The deaths of celebrity chef An­thony Bour­dain and fash­ion de­signer Kate Spade this week have led to an uptick in calls to sui­cide pre­ven­tion hot­lines.

The Na­tional Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Life­line saw a 25% in­crease in vol­ume over the last two days com­pared to the same pe­riod last week, said Frances Gon­za­lez, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the Life­line.

“More peo­ple are call­ing the Life­line to get help,” Gon­za­lez said. “The Life­line has been proven to de-es­ca­late mo­ments of cri­sis and help peo­ple find hope.”

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