It’s the talk of the town.
“It's a terrible thing that we're losing these talented people,” said Jonathan Kaplan.
Many took to social media Friday, pleading with those struggling with mental illness to get help. The President also addressed Anthony Bourdain’s death. “I want to extend to his family, my heartfelt condolences,” said President Donald Trump.
The topic of suicide is front and center following the deaths of Bourdain and fashion designer, Kate Spade in one week. “The state of mental health here is really bad. I'm not sure it's any better anywhere else but, not good here,” said Martha Bush, of Rochester.
Ken Houseknecht is the Executive Director for the Mental Health Association of Erie County. He said celebrity suicides are particularly eye opening when discussing mental health. “It sends the message that no one is immune to the challenges of life.” That's why if you know someone who is struggling. Houseknecht said it shouldn't be ignored. “Every time someone mentions suicide, 100% of the time it needs to be taken seriously.”
It's also important to address your own mental health state. Houseknecht said the first step to getting help is acknowledging you need it. “Reaching out does not make you deficient, or damaged, it signals that you're a human being and you're struggling.”
For help, call Crisis Services at 716-834-3131.