Newsmakers Airs Sunday: Topic-Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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This Sunday’s Newsmakers will feature an open and very honest conversation about suicide.  

Hosts Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick will be joined by Kathy Wallace, Vice-President of Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, Kerry Bentler, Certified Forensic Peer Specialist, and Paula Denisco, who lost a loved one to suicide.    

Bentler will talk about her struggles and suicide attempts, while Denisco will describe the incredible loss of losing a daughter to suicide.   Wallace will discuss the support available locally. 

Newsmakers airs Sunday, September 8 at 6:30 am on WYOU and at 11:30 am on WBRE.

National numbers available 24/7
LifeLine 1-800-273-8255 for veterans press 1 
National Text Connect to 741-741
Trevor Crisis Line for LGBTQ 1-866-488-7386
Copline. 1-800-267-5463
Safe Call Now for first responders. 206-459-3020

More Information at Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative LINK

Connect with Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative on FACEBOOK

Warning Signs Experienced over a two week period or longer:

Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself;

Excessive sadness or moodiness


Sleep problems.

Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness.


Changes in personality and/or appearance

Dangerous or self-harmful behavior

 The Lackawanna County Commissioners proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month to bring to light important facts about the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 5 million people in our country have been affected by suicide, and it ranks as the second leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. The all-volunteer organization, Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, organizes a variety of educational programs and special events to both alert individuals of the resources that are available and help families heal from tragedies. L-r, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Kathy Wallace, Vice President, Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A Cummings

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