Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Suicide Prevention

August 25, 2013
Suicide Prevention
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

In this week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines," we look at suicide prevention, including warning signs, symptoms and different ways you could help.

From 1999 to 2010, the number of people who chose to take their own lives increased by nearly 30 percent to over 38,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the tenth leading cause of death among Americans.

Joining us are members from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Bridge Rail Foundation, and the Family Acceptance Project. They share information on recognizing signs and symptoms that may lead to self harm or suicide, as well as their personal stories and struggles in the wake of a loved one taking their own life. We also hear from a man who battles mental health issues and speaks firsthand about life after a suicide attempt.

Studio Guests

Janis Doughty
Board Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Twitter: @AFSPnational

Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D.
Director, Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University

Kay James
Board Member, Bridge Rail Foundation

Ken Holmes
Former Marin County Coroner
Board Member, Bridge Rail Foundation

Kevin Hines
Global Speaker, Author, Advocate for Mental Health
Book: Cracked, Not Broken
Twitter: @kevinhinesstory

Additional Information:

"If you feel you are in crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline."
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

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