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Nancy Koehn | Celebrity Suicides Bring National Attention To An Epidemic

Celebrity Suicides Bring National Attention To An Epidemic

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This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. A U.S. report released in June 2018 found an uptick in suicide rates in nearly every state since 1999. Middle-aged adults _ ages 45 to 64 _ had the largest rate increase. Bourdain was 61 and Spade was 55. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Andy Kropa/Invision)
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Nancy Koehn | Celebrity Suicides Bring National Attention To An Epidemic

Last week’s high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have brought attention to mental health and depression. According to a recent CDC report, suicide rates have gone up by 25 percent since 1999, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. As the realization of this epidemic continues to sink in, family and friends look for answers on how to help loved ones and prevent future tragedy.

Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn joined Boston Public Radio Tuesday to talk about the universality of depression and gave examples of how some of our country’s greatest leaders avoided being consumed by it.

Nancy Koehn holds the James E. Robeson chair of business administration at the Harvard Business School. Her latest book is "Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times."

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