Contagion: Suicide Hotline Calls Jump 25% After Celebrity Deaths

When the headlines broke that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life just days after designer Kate Spade killed herself, and almost two months after Avicii ended his life, mental health experts raised concerns about a suicide contagionvibrating through America.

Last week, the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) spiked by more than 25 percentafter the latest round of celebrity deaths.

“When I heard about Bourdain, I was sad for him and for all the people who were going to hear about it, and I am also sad for people who might be influenced by it,” said Madelyn Gould, a professor of epidemiology in child psychiatry at Columbia University.

Gould, who has conducted extensive research on “suicide contagion” trends for years, said, “research has shown that the phenomenon is real and suggests that media coverage of celebrity deaths, in particular, can influence those who are vulnerable or at risk and can lead to a spike in suicide rates.”

“The deaths of two high-profile people by suicide this week has much more of an impact than less well-known individuals,” Gould said.

Whenever a celebrity commits suicide — a flood of calls normally hits the hotline, Director John Draper of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline told The Wall Street Journal. Draper said that the surge in calls started shortly after Kate Spade’s death, then peaked again during Bourdain’s death last week.” Calls jumped 25 percent in the two days after her death, compared with the same period the previous week,” Draper added.

Draper said that people often feel connected to celebrities, which there can be a “collective sense of loss that many people feel.”

Alan Ross, executive director of Samaritans suicide prevention center in New York, said the surge in calls that hotlines experince might not be a direct correlation of hearing about a celebrity’s death. In some cases, individuals who are already mentally unstable might have been triggered to seek help when the news of a celebrity death occurs.

“The random number of things that can stimulate people who are already likely to get worse is so varied,” he said. “When there is promotion and marketing and in some ways acceptance, yeah, it does drive people to reach out.”

The deaths of Bourdain and Spade came the same week the CDC published a shocking report that suicides across America have climbed 30 percent since 1999 — and is now the country’s tenth-leading cause of death. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans ten years old or older died by suicide, according to the CDC.

Suicide Statistics

Suicide rates have increased in almost every state since 1999, with the exception of Nevada, which already maintained one of the highest rates in the country. Western and Midwestern states like Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma saw some of the most significant increases in rates.

“I have been learning as a nation we have seen increases and decreases over time in suicide,” said CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat. “Increases mostly seem to correlate with economic downturns.”

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday asked the federal government for an increased spending bill for more suicide-prevention programs. Programs that have been “flat-funded include the Suicide Lifeline hotline, which has received $7 million annually since 2013”, he said. Schumer noted that a New Yorker dies by suicide every five hours.

The current trends in suicide rates across America have developed into a contagion sparked by the Dot Com bust and 2008 economic crisis — continuing to spread across the country like wildfire.

The latest round of celebrity suicides confirmed that many Americans dialed the hotline, as they also had thoughts about ending their lives.

Besides the massive gap in wealth/health inequality plaguing much of the middle class, America’s love affair with mind-altering prescription drugs could be one of the many reasons producing structural decay.

President Trump continues to spoon feed the vanishing middle class with the hope and hype narrative that the U.S. economy is now magically the “greatest in history,” meanwhile structural decay proves otherwise.

Suicide trends across America are so bad that even Hollywood had to bring together a bunch of celebrity stars to rap about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in a 2017 music video, called 1-800-273-8255.

As it has been understood, Hollywood is the propaganda arm of Washington, and the elected and unelected elites know that the empire is starting to unravel, as their failed fiscal, monetary, and social policies have produced massive amounts of inequality triggering the latest wave of suicides.


ravolla Shillinlikeavillan Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:03 Permalink

Good to see my man Wadalt and our newbies  ll951983  and  gzcekkyret back out from under the couch with  Hot Pockets and back on the threads SPAMMING like a Grease Fire!!!! 

Biblicism = TodaysFox ("I made $7000 sucking cock on the Internet")  SAME SPAMMER!

R.I.P.   "Mr Hankey" who has joined "The Fallen Spammers" -- banned for pathological over the top whackism.

THIS is an important week here in the SPAMMER's BUNKHOUSE.  You see, there are dozens of "personalities" living in this one single sad SPAMMER's sick little mind, which he calls "Spammer's Bunkhouse."  How sick is that?

This week I (we?) are celebrating SEVEN YEARS here on ZH, obsessively SPAMMING every thread we can with off-topic comments.

SAD BUT TRUE!!  I (we?) have wasted my (our) youth (or at least the last seven years) with at least one hand in my pants and the other hand SPAMMING ZH.  Yes, indeed.  DOZENS and DOZENS (maybe hundreds) of log-on's banned -- 
>>  "I made $7500 last week on the Internet sucking cock!": that's me.
>>  Biblicism: that's me.
>>  All the porn at Celebrity-leaks: that's me.
>>  Daily Westerner: that's me.

>>  "In the news....SPAMMER broomsticked by furious readers" -- registered in Nigeria) :: that's me TOO!! 

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MEET my current imaginary friends.  We all live in one SPAMMER's HEAD but as for me, I have gone off the reservation.  These other "personalities" are pretty troubled.

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Cheoll   <<<  NEWBIE

Mr Hankey    <<<  total utter WHACK JOB  -- joined "The Fallen"
gzcekkyret     <<<  NEWBIE

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philipat ravolla Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:26 Permalink

You stole MY list and adulterated it. I don't agree with all your additions. Also, I think you are losing the fucking plot. Replacing one spammer with your own even more intrusive spam is not going to endear you to a critical audience. I would respectfully suggest that you leave it alone. Everyone one here knows "The Biblicism Guy" and routinely downvote him. An occasional reminder of his past and presnt affiliations is enough, you have gone OTT IMHO.

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ravolla philipat Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

I AM "The Biblicism Guy"  ---  but being the creation of a really really sick individual with multiple personalities, I have gone off the reservation, or "OTT" as you so cleverly say, just like Mr Hankey (RIP) who REALLY lost it in his "last few days." 

Philipat: you don't know HOW HARD it is, being up at 3 am spamming after having worked most of the day spamming and THEN having to work that fucking drive-thru at SONIC with all the JEWS wanting bacon burgers.....and then having to mop to Porn Cinema.  LIFE IS HARD ....  and Alt-Right Girl doesn't love me any more.

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ravolla CriticalUser Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

IT IS ALL THE SAME SPAMMER!!!!   Mr. Hankey WAS the same guy!!!  That's how SICK this spammer is!!!!

today'sfox  (I made $70000 sucking cock on the Internet)
biblicism (its the JOOS!!!   follow my "secret link")
Daily Westerner  (banned from Google and taken down for "rebranding")    (all that PORN)

you may also remember...
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brushhog Rickety Rekt Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:28 Permalink

Makes me embarrassed to be part of the human race. Not because they want to kill themselves [ which might be a legitimate position ], but that they want to do it because some famous person did it. The need to conform is so high, they will literally follow the leader right into the grave.

I must be part cat, because I cannot for the life of me see what Anthony Bourdain, the other woman who killed herself, or anybody outside of my small circle has to do with me. You all rate about as high as clouds or bugs, lol. No offense.

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Debt-Is-Not-Money brushhog Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:58 Permalink

Articles like this are diversionary and direct ones attention from what likely happened:…

"Doorknob Suicides"

"One of our experts says that cutting off the bloodstream to the brain for 15 seconds causes a loss of consciousness. There are a number of alleged suicides in Europe that appear to be rooted in light strangulation with two fingers first, then hanging of the victim from the doorknob to complete the job. Murder, not suicide. The combination of the doorknob and the scarf appears to be a signature intended to terrorize others who may be thinking about ratting out the elites above them and known to them. I think this trend of hanging oneself on doorknobs with scarves stinks to high heaven. I am having a hard time buying it."

"Sounds like some sort of “calling card” from the real killers."

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rtb61 RumpleShitzkin Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:52 Permalink

Suicide, when you fear life more than death. It is simply a choice, a free person is not a slave to anything, not even their own life (get over it, such is life or in this case death).

The only reason suicide should ever be of interest is to make sure it was in fact suicide and not murder. It also apparently is a contagious disease, seemingly spread by specific families, eg the Clintons, they don't seem to suffer from it 'yet' but many others who come in contact with them do.

Certain occupation all seem pretty risky, bio and chemical weapons research associated with the US government also seems to result in spreading of the suicide contagion. In fact there seem to be quite a few occupations associated with the US government, that will quite often lead to catching that surprise infection, early symptoms seems to be associated with pangs conscience and suicide follows shortly there after.

It is also associated with extremely poor investigation in the US, US law enforcers are quite readily able to conclude their investigation before they reach the site of the crime.

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RumpleShitzkin Mon, 06/11/2018 - 23:34 Permalink

This is all bullshit cover for these ‘celeb suicides’...


Wait until you find out WHY they are punching their own tickets.

pizza fans

spirit cookers



that spade guy? The ‘grieving widower’...wearing a rat mask?


there is so much more going on here

RumpleShitzkin HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:06 Permalink

Not sure if I buy the official line

that’s becoming a very convenient way to stop further inquiry


 Look into Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington ‘suicides’....

...word around some campfires is they had the goods on a person whose name rhymes with “Gavid Deffen’ concerning certain  hotdog walnut sauce hobbies and were in the process of taking victim interviews on video when they suddenly decided they’d rather die instead.

Absolutely any suicides from 2016 forward should be poured over and heavily scrutinized.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 RumpleShitzkin Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:15 Permalink

I don't believe anything that has been said this far. I have always thought that Bourdain, and the other traveling chef, Zimmerman, worked for the CIA. Great cover. Travel around the world, make a TV show about food. Show up in strange places including Lebanon, Iran, Vietnam, Russia. This guy did jujitsu for fun, too.

So who knows? Was he offed because his cover as a CIA guy was blown? Bourdain was an obvious leftie and fanboy of Obama. I have thought Bourdain was more comfortable around men, than women. It was always a sausage fest, for him. That French chef that found him always seemed very faggy, so it wouldn't surprise me if Bourdain was a closet fag, or bi, or who knows. Too much perversion and freakiness for me to understand. I am from the keep it simple school.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 RumpleShitzkin Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

I don't play in that end of the pool.

That bitch (his GF or fuckbuddy or whatever you want to call her) had tattoos on her chest. Who knows what they did in private? I don't want to know.

Gross. And stupid. Guy did too much booze, too many drugs, and his brain was fried. No one told him "no" you can't do that. It's stupid. So he kept on doing stupid stuff. Like that photo.

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RumpleShitzkin I am Groot Tue, 06/12/2018 - 00:44 Permalink

Poopers got dirt coming out soon. Still in the bullpen warming up, but it’s coming.

Shep Smith has dirt coming out soon too.


such fine and upstanding members of the degenerate community 


the man said

there will come a day soon when it won’t be safe for these people to walk down the street


keep that rope handy


I’m a piano wire kinda guy. more portable.

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Implied Violins HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:19 Permalink

Was a time I woulda brushed you off on the spy bullshit.  But then I read up on Harry Houdini, and now I'm sold.  What a perfect cover for a travelling spy - just be FAMOUS and you get free access, no questions asked!! - almost as good as travelling bands and Hollywood actors being fronts for CIA drug sales.  What a fucked up world...

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