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Teen Suicide

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults, yet the subject is often avoided or ignored until tragedy strikes. Sadly, it is nearly always misunderstood by the families who have been impacted, as well as the general public. Stigma, shock, grief and blame are just a few of suicide's unfortunate ramifications.

WQED's flagship program, OnQ will present a 90-minute special edition focusing on teen suicide prevention, research, support and outreach. A panel of our region's recognized experts will share their views and engage a participatory studio audience made up of mental health professionals, social service providers, educators, and survivors of suicide including parents and other family members.

David Brent, M.D., Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC
Paula McCommons, Ed.D., STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), WPIC
Christy Stuber, CONTACT Pittsburgh
Betty Robson, The Compassionate Friends, Pittsburgh Chapter

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Highlighting this thoughtful evening of discussion is the premiere of a new OnQ documentary, Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope. The 30-minute documentary tells the story of a Pittsburgh area mother's long road to recovery after her 16-year-old son's suicide, and explores first-of-its kind UPMC research on the brains of teen suicide attempters.

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UPMC Teen Suicide Brain Imaging Study

Related Links:

Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival & Hope
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC
Survivors of Suicide
SPRITES (Survivors Partnership for Research Information Truth and Education on Suicide)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Good Grief Center
STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk)
The Compassionate Friends, Pittsburgh Chapter
CONTACT Pittsburgh
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Mental Health America
Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative

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