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Apparent suicide death of Kate Spade hits close to home in Omaha

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BOYS TOWN, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The death of well known fashion designer Kate Spade is now renewing the conversation of suicide awareness.

Spade was found dead Tuesday morning in her New York City apartment. Investigators say it looks like she killed herself. In the Omaha metro, it has some people talking about suicide prevention.

"If someone feels suicidal, they don't always come out and say directly that's what they're thinking about," said Diana Schmidt, who works with the Boys Town National Hotline.

Schmidt told FOX 42 News it's important for people to figure out the warning signs and take immediate action.

"If somebody is really hopeless and desperate, that can be a sign. Also, if there are behaviors like they're eating more or they're eating less that can also be a sign."

Numbers from the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention show just how serious the issue is in this country. On average, about 45,000 people a year kill themselves and there are about 123 suicides per day. In Nebraska, the suicide rate is calculated at about 13 per 100,000 people as of 2016.

At Boys Town, it can get busy. Schmidt says sometimes the hotline gets about 400 calls a day.

"It's a high volume of people either calling for information about themselves or someone they know."

Schmidt says there's no shame in asking for help. Something Nick Heller agrees with. His sister committed suicide and he shared with us the importance of not keeping your feelings to yourself.

"There was the whole stigma about if she goes to find help she's going to be looked at as weak or anything like that, and there's no reason for that," said Heller.

For Schmidt, it's important to open up.

To get in touch with the Boys Town National Hotline, the toll free number is 1-800-448-3000.

You can also click here for more information: https://www.boystown.org/hotline/Pages/default.aspx





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