How Kate Spade’s tragic death is shedding light on depression, suicide

The death of the beloved fashion designer has sparked conversations about depression and suicide.

New statistics are showing an increasing number of Americans dying by suicide.

In Australia too, suicide is a prominent public health concern. Over a five year period from 2012 to 2016, the average number of suicide deaths per year was 2,795. In 2016, preliminary data showed a total of 2,866 deaths by suicide (age-specific suicide rate 11.8 per 100,000), 2,151 males (17.9 per 100,000) and 715 females (5.9 per 100,000). There were 3,027 deaths in 2015 (12.7 per 100,000).

It is time that we start raising awareness about this issue and also allow people to open up about their feelings and moods, so that help can be quickly provided.

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