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Many talking mental health after two celebrities die by suicide

The number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 10:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Death by suicide is being talked about more this week after celebrities like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain passed away.

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Alice Jordan-Miles with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center says when celebrities die by suicide it gets people talking around the water cooler.

However she says mental health is something that should be talked about more frequently as it has a daily impact in our country.

"I know in America, that if a plane crashed every day, and a hundred and twenty people died, twenty-two people died, I don't think we'd be flying in America until we got to the root of the problem," Jordan-Miles said. "At least address the problem."

Jordan-Miles says here in Northeast Indiana there are many resources available for people seeking help.

Things like the Park Center, Parkview Hospital Randallia, The Bowen Center and many others.

Jordan-Miles says it's getting over the stigma of mental health and getting the help needed.

"It's the hesitation of some people to utilize these services," Jordan-Miles said. "They rather, oh we'll pray about it. You know, prayers does help. Many times. Believe me. But sometimes it may require going to a therapist or counselor or perhaps even medication."

Jordan-Miles' message tonight is that if you're experiencing any mental health problems you should reach out for help.

She wants you to know you're not alone and says more needs to be done about taking care of the illness.

"We need to start talking about mental illness as any other valid illness," Jordan-Miles said. "And stop, and get away from the taboos and stigmas a fix to that illness."

The number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

You can also text the national number 741741.

There's also a local number you can text at 494949.

An Indiana-based website also has resources and tools for suicide prevention.

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