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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, Oct. 22:
Each year, about 5,000 young Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide. It’s the third-leading cause of death among adolescents under the age of 18, and the second most common cause of death among college students. In recent years, there have also been tragic cases of kids as young as 11- and 12-years-old taking their own lives.
On Monday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll talk about depression in teens and young adults, and how parents, teachers, and friends can reach out to those students who are battling depression. We’ll outline the warning signs of both depression and suicide, and discuss how they’re different than simply feeling sad.
As part of National Depression Awareness Month, Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, a psychiatrist from Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College, will join the program. We’ll also hear from Joe Vulopas, executive director of the depression awareness group, Aevidum, and Francesca Pileggi, a young woman who’s struggled with both anxiety and depression. She works with Minding Your Mind, which aims to help reduce the stigma associated with depression.
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