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September is National Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. As part of your community, public media has gathered personal stories and programs about suicide prevention and mental health.

Broadcast Specials

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Our Time: PTSD and Mental Illness

PTSD and mental illness through the eyes of those often overlooked: the kids and family members nearby.

Saturday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. on WPSU WORLD

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988: A Call for Crisis Care

988 is a resource that anyone can call, text, or chat for mental health support. What actually happens when someone dials 988. The radio documentary 988: A Call for Crisis Care reviews the rollout of 988, explores the state of mental health crisis response, and asks how crisis care can be improved.

Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. on WPSU-FM


On-Demand Videos

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Hiding in Plain Sight

This two-part series takes a look at the experiences of young people living with mental health conditions with a focus on the importance of awareness and compassion.

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Facing Suicide

Explore the powerful stories of those impacted by suicide–one of America’s most urgent health crises–and journey to the front lines of research with scientists whose work is leading to better prevention and treatment.

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The Well Beings Collection

Broadcast and digital-first documentary films and community resources brought to you by the Well Beings campaign.

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Decolonizing Mental Health

Decolonizing Mental Health

Part of the documentary series Mysteries of Mental Illness, Decolonizing Mental Health is a companion short-form video series about dismantling the racism that underscores the mental healthcare industry.

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Speaking Grief

There is no “right” way to grieve. By sharing diverse representations of bereavement, Speaking Grief illustrates that grief is a universal, yet individual experience. The goal of Speaking Grief is to start a national conversation on grief. We are making the documentary accessible to individuals, organizations, and businesses to host their own screenings and conversations.

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Youth Mental Health

A collection of videos and a discussion guide that is part of KET’s initiative on youth mental health and includes videos from the KET series, You Are Not Alone, which explores answers to depression, anxiety, toxic stress, and suicide through the lens of experts, educators, parents, and youth.

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On-Demand Listening

Kim Ruocco

Take Note: Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Kim Ruocco is the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, better known as TAPS, talks about suicide rates among active duty and veteran populations, the comprehensive, peer-based program she’s spent a decade building for TAPS, and about how her own loss experience inspired this work.

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Jason Doll

Take Note: Suicide Risk for Veterinary Professionals

Dr. Jason Doll is a veterinarian with a special interest in end-of-life and palliative care. Dr. Doll talked with WPSU’s Lindsey Whissel Fenton about the suicide crisis in veterinary medicine, the stressors that contribute to it, and about the organizations working to provide education and support.

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Surviving A Suicide Attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge

Kevin Hines became one of the few people to survive a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge when he attempted suicide in 2000 at the age of 19. Now he’s an advocate for mental health issues and suicide prevention. We revisit a conversation Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson had with Hines in 2014.

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Call or Text 988 if You Need Help Now

If you are considering suicide, or if you or someone you know is in an emotional crisis, please call or text 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crises or emotional distress.