Preventing suicide after trauma


What to look for on this episode of Smart Talk:

In a span of two weeks, two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, massacre died by suicide, nearly a year after the devastating event. In the week after their deaths, the father of a Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victim also died by an apparent suicide. They share one thing in common; they survived unimaginable trauma.

Experiencing trauma affects anyone differently. That’s why communities across the country and throughout the state are working to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

Experiencing trauma is just one risk factor that can lead to suicide. Depression and other mental illnesses can contribute, as well.

Joining us on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss suicide and suicide prevention are Govan Martin, Chair and Board of Directors of Prevent Suicide PA, and Dr. Terri A. Erbacher, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Licensed and certified school Psychologist.

These are links / organizations for those who may have trouble affording or getting help: Open Path CollectiveCatholic Charities, or Medicare.

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Dr. Terri Erbacher and Govan Martin

If you or someone you know is in need of help or someone to talk to, please contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or visit immediately. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline through TTY at 800-799-4889.