Talking About Suicide

Decreasing the stigma around the almost 40,000 annual suicides

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Dr. Hank Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-chief and Vice President of Behavioral Health, Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living;
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Dr. Lisa Namerow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director, Consultation Services to Connecticut Children's Medical Center
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Marisa Porco, President, Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation
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Andrea Duarte, Behavioral Health Program Manager at Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Co-Chair of
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Talking About Suicide

We were recently shocked by the suicide of a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student after his first day of school.

But the numbers prove this is not an isolated incident. Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the U.S. And, for every one of the almost 40,000 people who died this year, there are many more who think about, plan, or attempt suicide.

And, it’s also the 3rd largest cause of death for adolescents and young adults...claiming almost 5,000 lives of those aged 10-24.

Some think that talking about suicide is taboo...maybe even unhelpful. But our panelists today say that it can help break the stigma surrounding it.

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GUESTS:

  • Dr. Harold Schwartz - Psychiatrist-in-chief and Vice President of Behavioral Health, Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living; Director, Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Lisa Namerow - Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director, Consultation Services to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, at Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital
  • Andrea Duarte - Behavioral Health Program Manager at Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board
  • Marisa Porco - President, Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation

Thanks to intern Emily Boushee for her help on this show