Sadly, our industry has seen a steady increase of suicides year over year. The pressures of hospitality – the long hours, the “keep smiling, it’s showtime” mantras, the abuse of alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism, harassment from co-workers, bosses and customers, and the financial stress, create a perfect storm for suicidal tendencies. Most of us know someone who has attempted suicide, if not succeeded. World-wide attention to this crisis was caught by the sudden and tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, but veterans of this business know it has been rampant for a long time. This is one of the major factors to the building of this foundation – to get us talking, to get us help and to get us healthy.
If you are feeling suicidal: - Call 9-1-1 immediately! - Reach out to a friend and stay in contact in person or on the phone. If you think someone is contemplating suicide: - Call 9-1-1 immediately! - Find your friend and try to stay in touch with them.