Suicide rates in the United States rose by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Despite suicide’s growing prevalence, many people remain uncomfortable talking about it, adding to the tragedy and grief when a loved one kills him or herself. Our guests share their stories of coping with the suicide of a loved one.
Related Resources and Information:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Grief and Survivors Programs at San Francisco Suicide Prevention
- National Task Force Promotes Screening for Depression Among Pregnant Women (Forum archives)
Joyce Brady, mother who lost her 52 year-old son to suicide
John Brooks, author of "The Girl Behind the Door: A Father's Quest to Understand His Daughter's Suicide"
Eli Merritt, psychiatrist, Merritt Mental Health; author of "Suicide Risk in the Bay Area: A Guide for Families, Physicians, Therapists, and Other Professionals"; and lost his mother to suicide when he was six