Why People Take Their Own Lives

  Me and my brother, a few years after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and months before he killed himself.

Me and my brother, a few years after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and months before he killed himself.

The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have made most people stop and think, and some for the first time, about what makes someone want to end their own life. There is no one answer, but untreated mental illness is often to blame. 

I wrote an essay for Women's Health about how losing my brother to suicide, and the mental health struggles we both faced, gave me insight. 

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