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Contact: Rosemary Martinelli

National Documentary Helps To Demystify
The Tragedy of Teen Suicide

DATE – Suicide, the third leading cause of death among teenagers, is a vastly misunderstood phenomenon – rarely considered plausible by the people whose lives are destroyed in the wake of this sudden tragedy. WQED Pittsburgh explores the mystery of teen suicide with stunning insight through the documentary Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope airing DATE at TIME on STATION.

The 30-minute documentary tells the story of Kathy Fowler, a Pittsburgh-area mother whose 16-year-old-son Lambert Hillman died by suicide in 1995. Kathy struggled through her own loss, grief and questions, but now helps other families who’ve lost children to suicide. The documentary also explores first-of-its kind research on the brains of teenagers who have attempted suicide.

More than 34,000 people die from suicide each year in the United States. Males are four times more likely to complete suicide and the rate of suicide has doubled in the last two decades for children ages 10-14.

“By bringing vital issues to the forefront of discussion, programs such as Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope really exemplify public television’s capacity to care and to serve the needs of the community at large,” said Darryl Ford Williams, vice president of production for presenting/producing station WQED Pittsburgh.

In 2010, Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope was awarded the national Gabriel Award for Outstanding News/Informational Program. The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania also recognized the documentary with a 2010 Golden Quill Award for Best Television Writing.

Additional resources for parents, health care providers and teachers are available online at: http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/losing_lambert.php

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves' Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Great American Songbook and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create™ – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

Interviews with Lambert Hillman’s mother Kathy Fowler and writer/producer David Solomon are available. For more information contact Rosemary Martinelli at 412-622-6433 or rmartinelli@wqed.org


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