U of R holds seminar to combat suicide and depression

Created: 09/14/2013 8:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

Suicide is considered the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and affects many families in our community.

It was the topic of conversation Saturday morning at a symposium at the University of Rochester featuring guest speaker Mariel Hemingway. Hemingway is the grand daughter of famous author Ernest Hemingway and someone who has dealt first hand with depression. Depression and suicide is also something that much of her family has dealt with.

She has been on a personal mission to increase awareness about depression and suicide.

At the event, Hemingway sat with researchers from the University of Rochester's Department of Psychiatry. They went through real life counseling re-enactments and used it as a learning tool, discussing different steps about how to help people experience suicidal thoughts. Hemingway then spoke to dozens of people about how to approach depression and dealing with family members suffering from mental illness.

As many may know, her grandfather Ernest Hemingway and other family members have committed suicide. Now she wants to take her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts and turn it into a mission to save lives.

"Suicide, mental illness, communities, creating relationships with people so we can help support people who have suicidal thoughts and who are not feeling good about their lives," says Hemingway. "So it's about creating more dialogue, having more visibility on this issue. Which I think is very necessary."

The Hemingways were part of a documentary called "Running from Crazy." It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and showcased the family's battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. The University of Rochester has several researchers dedicated to suicide prevention.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit one of the agencies below for more information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Facebook Page on Violence Prevention

National Institute for Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Suicide


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