NRCI has partnered up with community professionals and TCSPP faculty & staff for a variety of programs for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and this week, we hosted two at the TCSPP Chicago Campus.
On September 10, we welcomed Andy Weiss, Lynn Nash, and Tim Burnett for the “Veterans and the Military: Suicide after Service” panel presentation.  Tim is a student and a member of the military who is working on his dissertation here at TCSPP.  He provided various statistics on veteran and military suicides and his own point of view on the issue, while also moderating the dialogue with Lynn and Andy.  Both Lynn and Andy were on hand to share their experiences, as both are survivors of their sons, who died of suicide. This powerful and informative discussion was well-attended and well-received by the TCSPP community.
The audio for this presentation will be available through this website soon.
On September 12, we held a presentation on Suicide Prevention and the Loss from Suicide, which included discussions led by Dr. Nancy Zarse, TCSPP Forensic Psychology faculty, Steve Moore from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Rev. Cheryl Magrini from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), and Jessica Mead from Catholic Charities’ LOSS Program.  Each person on the panel brought his/her expertise to the presentation, giving a comprehensive look and intricate views on approaches for suicide prevention, as well as the importance of supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide.  Aside from the focus on students’ professional development, handled especially by Dr. Zarse, the three other panelists are great resources for professionals and consumers.
The audio for this presentation will be available here soon, but in the meantime, here is the contact information for our presenters who are not part of the TCSPP community:
Rev. Cheryl Magrini
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Mr. Steve Moore
c/o April Jervis
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – IL
Ms. Jessica Mead
LOSS Program