My heart breaks today. This year has seen the loss of Scott Hutchison, singer/songwriter of Frightened Rabbit; Kate Spade, fashion designer; and now Anthony Bourdain, chef and travel host. Each one of them were successful and recognized in their respective fields, but depression and alcohol plagued their lives. For reasons we cannot understand, they
decided to take their own lives.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. The report finds twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%.

According to a study by Dr. Michael Freeman, a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, 1 in 3 entrepreneurs live with depression and 30% of all entrepreneur’s experience depression.

Depression among entrepreneurs is much higher than depression among Americans in general because entrepreneurs are four times more likely to suffer depression than everyone else.

While we will pray for the families and friends they left behind, be mindful of yourself, colleagues, friends, and family members thoughts and behaviors. Look for signs of depression and seek help.

Call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and talk about how you’re feeling if you have any thoughts of helplessness.