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Commuters in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area may see a mobile billboard promoting suicide prevention.

In today's special suicide prevention episode we are joined by two experts: Doctor Jane Tillman of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Doctor Joseph Hunter of the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Hampden District Attorney's Office

           There is an opportunity this weekend for people in western Massachusetts to get an unwanted firearm out of the house.

     A new initiative in Massachusetts is trying to reduce suicides among people of color.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Joining Vox Pop to discuss suicide prevention is Dr. Katie Lewis of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds a tablet displaying a page on the e-Connect app.
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Citing an alarming increase in the rate of suicide among young people, inmates and Americans as a whole, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy today introduced a new pilot program aimed at reducing suicide among juvenile offenders.


Students on campuses across the country are walking “Out of the Darkness” to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Suicide Prevention Services In NY's Capital Region

Sep 25, 2017
Facebook: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Capital Region, NY

Today on Midday Magazine, a topic that is never easy to discuss; suicide. Joining us is Glenn Gilbert, coordinator of suicide prevention services at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY and Laura Marx, the head of the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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A forum at Berkshire Community College yesterday focused on handling depression and suicidal thoughts. A note that some listeners may find the language in this story upsetting.

  September is Suicide Prevention month. Mary Jo Gibson, a licensed clinical social worker and wife of upstate New York Congressman Chris Gibson, joins Capital Region AFSP Director Laura Marx and WAMC's Brian Shields to discuss suicide prevention and the efforts of the Congressional Spouses for Suicide Prevention to spread awareness during the month of September. 

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a non-profit organization of the same name.

Nine years later, "To Write Love on Her Arms" is a leader in suicide prevention and serves as a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide. Now, Jamie’s writing is available in book form.

The new book is: If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For which is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide.

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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.

  September is Suicide Prevention Month and Robin Williams’ death has put new focus on suicide and suicide prevention.

Alan Chartock speaks with two professionals, Laura Marx and Mary Jo Gibson, about the warning signs and the importance of awareness.

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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.

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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.