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
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
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