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20 Expert-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Every Day

Best Life Logo By Best Life Editors of Best Life | Slide 1 of 21: On the morning of Tuesday, June 5th, iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found unresponsive in her Manhattan apartment. Three days later, on the morning of Friday, June 8th, culinary maestro Anthony Bourdain was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Paris. Both purportedly took their own life.Each year, according to figures from the American Society for Suicide Prevention, about 45,000 Americans commit suicide. It's the 10th most common cause of death in the United States. And while no organization formally tracks the reasons behind suicide attempts, medical experts concur that undue stress, severe anxiety, and chronic, debilitating depression are leading factors. Among the most afflicted demographics: middle-aged, high-earning individuals—successful people, in other words, like Spade and Bourdain."Due to long hours and excessive stress, a corner-suite executive is more vulnerable to anxiety, sleep disorders, weight change, substance abuse, depression. . .you name it," says Mounir Soliman, MD, executive director for Health Services International at UC San Diego Health. "For one, an executive has more responsibility and more to lose. Two: They believe they're immune. And three: They're too busy or too frightened to seek help."But know this: if you're feeling the weight of the world, if you're experiencing suicidal ideation to any degree, it's possible to quickly correct course. Just take it from that most at-risk group: the corner-office crowd. Over the years, thanks to initiatives like the Executive Mental Health Program, at USCD, a well-honed compendium for beating back suicide-grade depression and anxiety has emerged. Here it is. And for more ways to fortify your mental wellbeing, learn the 30 Best Ways to Fight Seasonal Depression.

20 Expert-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Every Day

On the morning of Tuesday, June 5th, iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found unresponsive in her Manhattan apartment. Three days later, on the morning of Friday, June 8th, culinary maestro Anthony Bourdain was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Paris. Both purportedly took their own life.

Each year, according to figures from the American Society for Suicide Prevention, about 45,000 Americans commit suicide. It's the 10th most common cause of death in the United States. And while no organization formally tracks the reasons behind suicide attempts, medical experts concur that undue stress, severe anxiety, and chronic, debilitating depression are leading factors. Among the most afflicted demographics: middle-aged, high-earning individuals—successful people, in other words, like Spade and Bourdain.

"Due to long hours and excessive stress, a corner-suite executive is more vulnerable to anxiety, sleep disorders, weight change, substance abuse, depression. . .you name it," says Mounir Soliman, MD, executive director for Health Services International at UC San Diego Health. "For one, an executive has more responsibility and more to lose. Two: They believe they're immune. And three: They're too busy or too frightened to seek help."

But know this: if you're feeling the weight of the world, if you're experiencing suicidal ideation to any degree, it's possible to quickly correct course. Just take it from that most at-risk group: the corner-office crowd. Over the years, thanks to initiatives like the Executive Mental Health Program, at USCD, a well-honed compendium for beating back suicide-grade depression and anxiety has emerged. Here it is. And for more ways to fortify your mental wellbeing, learn the 30 Best Ways to Fight Seasonal Depression.

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