June 1st Conference – SUICIDE: Responding and Creating Hope a Huge Success
Struggle against suicide hard but progress seen with candor, less stigma.

Suicide is a stubborn illness. But a growing willingness to talk about it, seeking help without shame, and more programs to help suicide victims and their families is expected one day to drive down the number who take their own lives, said keynote speakers at the 13th annual Naomi Ruth Cohen community conference aimed at reducing the stigma of mental health problems.

For every 100,000 U.S. citizens, 12.4 committed suicide in 2010, down just slightly from the 12.5 who did in 1990, noted David Clark, Ph.D., a member of the International Academy for Suicide Research. “With so much stigma around suicide, it’s important to get solid information out and have people talk about it. Our grandparents never talked about suicide, but signs of more public discussion like this conference subtracts a little bit of stigma.”

Heidi Bryan is a suicide attempt survivor doing more than her share to keep the issue, however uncomfortable, in the public eye. She travels the country with a message for everyone enduring suicidal thoughts. “There is help. There is hope.” For her, the realization she wouldn’t kill herself finally came in 1995 when her brother committed suicide.

Thank you Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute Mental Health Conference Committee

Brittney Bolden
Cindy Brue
John Calamari
Mayra Chacon
Anthony Chambers
Elizabeth Cohen
Larry Cohen
Marilyn Cohen
Steven Colton
Arlene Coustan
Sylvia Corcoran
David Daskovsky
Sheila Dowd
Dawn Dudek
Willis Francis
Matthew Gamradt
Jill GlennVirginia Goldrick
Tom Golebiewski
David Hamilton
Amanda Holly
Peter Iling
Charles Jaffe
Miguel Jimenez
Ann Ohlrogge Johnson
Harvey Kelber
Jenny Kelber
Rachel Kelber
Peggy Kubert
Sue Laue
Tom Laue
Kate Mahoney
Mojgan Makki
Charlotte MallonEric Crabtree Nelson
Jill Persin
Mark Reinecke
Seoka Salstrom
Harvey Saver
Aaron Schwartz
Lara Schuster
Susan Shimon
Jodie Segal
Hollie Sobel
Brad Stolbach
Nancy Sussman
Evonda Smith Thomas
Sharon Weingarten
Dorothy Williams
Paula Young