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When we learned about the suicides of Kate Spade, and shortly after, Anthony Bourdain, you could almost hear a collective, country-wide gasp. They were another reminder that we’re all human, and success neither protects anyone from anxiety or depression nor is an automatic path to happiness.

The suicides of two well-known and beloved public figures have placed a renewed focus on suicide and mental health in this country. And they should: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Last year alone, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. Put into perspective, that’s an entire small city’s worth of people who took their own lives.

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