suicide prevention

'Here One Day' Film Explores Suicide And Mental Illness

Feb 22, 2016
Here One Day

Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The family and friends left behind after this tragedy struggle to understand and talk about it. Kathy Leichter is a documentary filmmaker and former WQED Associate Producer. She’s in town today to screen her award-winning film “Here One Day” about her journey revisiting her mother’s belongings after her suicide. Afterward she’ll host a conversation to talk about mental health and the stigma surrounding suicide. She joined us from New York to talk about the film and the screening.

Project 22 Explores the Issue of Suicide Among Veterans

Oct 6, 2014
Theo Collins

According to the Veteran’s Administration, it is estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day. This sobering fact served as the impetus for the documentary Project 22.

The film chronicles the journey of two combat-wounded veterans across America. They traveled the country to speak with veterans who had contemplated, or attempted suicide, as well as researchers and healthcare providers. Joining us to discuss the film is Theo Collins, a law student at Duquesne University, a Marine Corps veteran and an associate producer of the film.

The Corbett administration is assuring lawmakers federal programs can pick up the slack left by reduced state spending on veterans programs.

The governor’s budget proposal would reduce outreach services by 13 percent, or about $350,000.

In response to questions about suicide prevention efforts, Adjutant General Wesley Craig, commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard, says a two-year-old federal effort is doing the lion’s share of the work.