The recent deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, and the death of actor Robin Williams in 2014, raise awareness of a disturbing fact. Even famous and accomplished people commit suicide. What’s more, the New Yorker claims that suicide rates increase following high-profile suicides like these. (Suicides jumped nearly 10% following the death of Robin Williams). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016 alone. Suicide rates overall are rising in nearly every state at an alarming rate. Twenty-five states experienced rate increases of 30 percent or more. When I was an unmarried seminary student (2004-2006), my neighbor committed suicide. That tragic event jolted my thinking. The sad reality is that suicide increasingly touches our lives.