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.
Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.
But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment.
Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way. She tells her story in Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.
Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.
This morning our discussion topics include: Mark Sanford wins in SC The Cleveland kidnap story and trafficking of women Pepsi Cola drops Lil Wayne Military Sexual Assaults Soar Suicide Rates Jump Chris Christie Weight Dow sets another record
SHOKAN – State Police are continuing to investigate a barn fire and apparent suicide in the Town of Olive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. at 3358 Route 28. The blaze consumed the large barn and a pick-up truck that was parked next to it.
The owner of the barn, who was found dead in the truck, was tentatively identified as Brett Sirois, 48, who was found in possession of a rifle, handgun and several rounds of ammunition at the time of his death.
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.
“Sad." ''Hard to understand." ''I'm shocked." ''I just can't imagine this."
Those were some of the stunned reactions from people who knew Junior Seau best. The former 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was found dead at his Southern California home in what police are saying is an apparent suicide. Seau was 43.
Former Chargers GM Bobby Beathard said he never recalled Seau being "in a down frame of mind. He was always so upbeat and he would keep people up."