It’s a health crisis worthy of immediate attention

Published June 11 2018
Updated June 11 2018

Much has been written about suicide in the last week ó a confluence of events involving the deaths of two celebrities and a Centers for Disease Control report that suicide rates have risen dramatically since 1999.

So this is a public health crisis that has been with us for a while. In 2016, according to the CDC, the number of U.S. suicides was twice the number of murders. Some died without having a known mental health condition, according to the survey, leading experts to debate if problems have gone undiagnosed or if the increasing stresses of our society are playing a larger role.

They both may be right. Ö

A Facebook friend encouraged folks to check on each other. Thatís not to suggest a friend or family member can prevent a suicide, but I know we need more connectivity and empathy. Ö

And if you do need to talk to a professional or are concerned about loved ones, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-273-TALK. Itís confidential. Ö

Seen on a bumper sticker: To Have The Last Word, Try An Apology. ...

According to People magazine, the late Anthony Bourdain considered Popeyes to be one of his favorite guilty pleasures, calling it "exotica" and raving about the mac Ďn cheese.

It was a real sign of the chef and TV hostís everyman approach and heightened appreciation for cultural diversity.

Rest in peace, Mr. Bourdain. Ö

Donít let this election cycle pass without challenging those bidding for office about this public health crisis. Make them tell us how they will address it. Will they truly fight for more funding in a state that ranks 50th in mental health spending per capita? We need more than expressions of concern. We need action.

Thatís all Iím saying.