Friday, September 27, 2013

Into the Light To Fight Suicide

The 10th annual Into the Light Walk to benefit  the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance takes place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday October 6.  Dr. Nora McNamara, a psychiatrist  at University Hospitals specializing in treating children and adolescents will be one of the speakers, along with former major league baseball player John Trautwein, who started the Will-To-Live Foundation following the suicide of his son Will at age 15.

In this interview with Jim, Dr. McNamara ta discusses at what age children with mental illnesses normally begin presenting symptoms, what parents should look for, and what they can do to help their children.  She is joined by Into the Light Event Chairperson Loree Vick, a trustee for SPEA and a survivor of suicide, after losing her husband John in 2005.  She explains how the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance encourages young people to be aware of friends who may exhibit signs of depression.

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