WUSA in Washington D.C. had a message for its viewers this morning: It's World Mental Health Day, let's change the stigma.
It's World Mental Health Day! This year's focus is on suicide prevention. Every 40 seconds someone dies from suicide, according to statistics.Suicide and its effects have driven at least two of the stories I have followed on this blog over the past two years, both of which began with Anthony Bourdain's and Kate Spade's deaths call attention to rising suicide rates in the U.S. The first was how suicides have been driving down life expectancy in the U.S. for three consecutive years. The second was my coverage of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" at awards shows. The first is the big picture, while the second personalizes it for America through the loss of someone they know about. I'm not alone. Coffee Party USA published September was Suicide Prevention Month and Chronic Pain Awareness Month last month, written by one of my fellow volunteers. Read it, please.
I'll be back tomorrow, most likely with an entry about "Chernobyl" and the rest of the Outstanding Limited Series winners. Stay tuned