Law enforcement officials from across the region gathered in Saratoga Springs to take part in a course designed to help police recognize and assist officers and families cope with loss and mental illness.
The death of the renowned actor and comedian Robin Williams yesterday has shocked and saddened many, and like the deaths of troubled celebrities before him, has thrust the issues of depression and suicide into the spotlight.
Alan Chartock speaks with Laura Marx and Mary Jo Gibson about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Laura Marx is the Area Director of The Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She holds a Master's Degree in Psychology. She is a SafeTalk (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) Trainer and has presented on depression awareness and suicide prevention to groups young and old.
A coalition of volunteers is holding a public forum tonight in Pittsfield to raise suicide awareness in Berkshire County.
The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is holding the first of planned quarterly public meetings tonight in Pittsfield to unite members of the community to discuss and build a strategy to combat suicide at the local level.
Peggy Morse of the Coalition said that suicide is a topic that many adults are usually unwilling to openly discuss.
Alan is joined by John Madigan, Senior Director of Public Policy with the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, a division of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Michelle Hunt, chair of the public policy committee of the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and Mary Jo Gibson, wife of New York Congressman Chris Gibson, who is one of four Congressional spouses from across the country co-chairing a series of symposia and other events to raise awareness about suicide.
Groups in Massachusetts are praising the Federal government’s announcement last week to enhance suicide prevention efforts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
Roberta Hurtig, Executive director of Boston-based Samaritans, is an advocate for suicide prevention. Part of the work that Samaritans does, which has eight-community based prevention centers in Southern New England, is provide hotline support for at risk individuals. Hurtig says prevention hotlines have demonstrated the importance of intervention.