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Calls for a local suicide intervention hotline double in the wake of two celebrity deaths

Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their lives last week

Rochester, N.Y (WROC_TV) - Last week, celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain made headlines when they took their own lives.

 

Meanwhile, 211 Lifeline, a crisis suicide intervention hotline in Rochester, has received 700 calls since Friday.

 

That averages out to a little less than 200 calls a day and is double the number of calls the hotline normally gets.

 

Chacku Mathai  at the Mental Health Association of Rochester said the numbers speak for themselves.

 

"We have to look at where we're failing in preventing suicide,” he said.

 

He says Spade and Bourdain's deaths, while tragic, could shine a light on that.

 

"It does this thing in community where people say, what is going on? Are we able to connect with each other?”

 

Some in the community said they've already seen it, like Maeve Reed with Stop the Stigma Roc, a non profit organization working to prevent teen suicide.

 

"I got maybe 6-7 emails last week, right after Kate Spade's death,” Reed said. “I think it's an opportunity to discuss the complexity of suicide.”


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