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Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide Prompts Those In Notoriously Brutal Culinary Industry To Speak Out About Mental Health Struggles

KHN Morning Briefing

Insiders have long worried privately about the lifestyle of people who work in the restaurant industry, which has one of the highest rates of illicit drug use and alcoholism and a tradition of masking mental-health struggles. In other news on mental health: farmers devastated by Florence are especially vulnerable to depression and judges are starting to favor outpatient treatment over hospitalization.

In Region Dubbed America’s ‘Suicide Belt,’ One Community Takes Proactive Measures To Improve Kids’ Mental Health

KHN Morning Briefing

Residents of Grand Junction, Colo. say it’s a battle to fight the stigma and “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality that runs deep in the rural mountain area. Meanwhile, patients with mental illness are given a voice in what scientists should work on in the field, and a new study looks at the emotional trauma some college students experienced following the 2016 presidential election.

The People Behind Suicide Hotlines

KHN Morning Briefing

Counselors must assess the crisis level of callers — and protect their own mental health, as well. In other news: suicide in young children is inexplicably on the rise and the transgender community is particularly vulnerable to suicide, as are college students.