New England News
4:38 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Public Suicide Awareness Meeting to be Held in Pittsfield

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.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson - Part 1

  Suicide, especially among veterans, is an emerging crisis.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that suicide can tear families apart. 

WAMC Speakers Corner
1:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Mary Jo Gibson, John Madigan and Michelle Hunt

Michelle Hunt and Mary Jo Gibson speaking with WAMC's Alan Chartock
Michelle Hunt

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.

7:46 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Former Patriots Linebacker Found Dead in Apparent 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."

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