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Depression in America–Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade - Jun 12, 2018

The recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have brought to the surface the “beast” that lies beneath America’s successful facade of wealth, power and control. Yes, we are successful but we use 75% of the world’s anti-depression medication. Since the late 90’s 25 states have recorded increases of more than 30% in the number of suicides. Increases ranged from 5.9% in Delaware to 57.6% in North Dakota. Death by firearm accounted for 48.5% of these cases (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Data from 27 states in 2015 showed that 54% of those who died from suicide weren’t diagnosed with a mental-health condition.

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