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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, August 14, 2014:
The tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams has brought much attention to suicide and mental illness.
With almost 37,000 people dying by suicide each year, it is the tenth leading cause of death in the country.
As a man over the age of 45, Williams also is part of the largest category of suicide victims.
Additionally, research findings point out that mental disorders and/or substance abuse have been found in 90% of deaths by suicide. However, professionals say if these illnesses are recognized and treated properly, suicide and its effects on loved ones can be prevented.
On Thursday’s Smart Talk, we'll talk about depression and other leading contributors to suicide, look at the possible warning signs of suicide, and discuss how to prevent or get help if someone is considering ending their life.
Dr. Dale Adair, Govan Martin, and Rebecca May-Cole
Joining us in the Smart Talk studio are Dr. Dale Adair, a psychiatrist, who serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the state mental hospital system and the Co-Chairs of the PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition, Govan Martin and Rebecca May-Cole, who will provide insight about this public health problem and the resources available.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
To learn more go to PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition's website: www.PreventSuicidePA.org
Or for younger people www.payspi.org
Warning Signs of Suicide
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.
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