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Interview - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

It is estimated that close to 1 million Americans attempt suicide and more than 34,000 die by suicide every year. In the U.S., someone dies by suicide every 15 minutes. An important issue that strikes across cultures and regions, Team Bertha decided that we needed to speak out about this crisis. 

Suicide is a devastating issue that is experiencing a rise in incidences across our country.  One of the champion challengers and advocate organizations, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention(AFSP) is committed to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide in various capacities.  

In this interview, I speak with Molly Robins, the Texas area director, and Tracy Reyes Franklin, board chair of the Central Texas chapter of AFSP. In our talk, we discuss: 

  • Suicide myths
  • Engaging survivors of suicide
  • Helping families left behind
  • Recent suicide trends
  • The potential cause of suicide

Listen to the interview here (45 minutes):  

Mozart Guerrier is a social worker and the community manager for Aunt Bertha (