Each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide, leaving their friends and family looking for answers. Experts say siblings are often overlooked, and are not receiving the mental health support they need. The Sibling Survivors of Suicide Loss group says about 25,000 people each year become sibling survivors of suicide, and can experience thoughts of taking their own lives.

This hour, we discuss the challenges siblings face. In studio:

  • Patrick Scahill, founder and chairman of Superfly Corp. 
  • Adrienne Daniels, manager of bereavement services for Lifetime Care
  • Tim Garbach, Meg's Gift

One of the most talked about new shows is also one of the most controversial. The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is about a teen suicide. Some critics have praised the show as original and moving. Suicide prevention groups have said it glamorizes teen suicide, and they worry about the effect that could have on viewers. In fact, the Monroe County Office of Mental Health wrote a series of points to respond to the show, and to help guide young viewers.

We discuss it with:


ORISKANY (AP) Authorities say correction officers in upstate New York saved an inmate who was trying to hang himself in a county jail.

The Oneida County sheriff's office says the suicide attempt happened at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski says Officer Daniel Jones saw an inmate trying to hang himself with a bed sheet and called for backup.

Swenszkowski says correction officers removed the sheet and the inmate was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Kevin Hines is one of 34 people out of about 2,000 to survive a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines fell 220 feet, plunged 80 feet underwater, and made it back to the surface. He is now an advocate for strong mental health and suicide prevention.

On Tuesday, October 20, Hines will share his story as a guest of  NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, during the organization's 14th Annual Jessica Henderson Memorial Event. He joins us on Connections to tell his story of why he jumped, how he survived, and how he continues to thrive. Our guests:

  • Kevin Hines, mental heath advocate and author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt
  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator/walk manager, NAMI
  • Kimberly VanCamp, co-chair of the 14th Annual Jessica Henderson Memorial Event, NAMI; mental health court coordinator and judicial diversion program coordinator, Monroe County Supreme and County Court

Maybe you’ve seen someone with a tattoo of a semi-colon. What does it mean? The answer relates to depression and suicide prevention. We’ll explore how the movement began and talk about mental health issues with Shye Louis, 2-1-1/Life Line manager.

On August 21, 1985, Ken Baldwin was ademant...that he was going to end his life. He drove out to the Golden Gate Bridge, got out of his car, stood on the bridge's edge, counted to 10...but didn't jump. He counted to 10 again, and plunged towards the water. That's when Ken realized he wanted to live, and as he hit the water, he was happy to realize he was alive. Unfortunately, many aren't Ken Baldwin, and do end up taking their own life. Why does this happen? How can we prevent suicide? What signs should we be aware of? We discuss this sensitive topic with our guests:

The passing of Robin Williams took the world by surprise. It also has brought the spotlight on depression and suicide. 

In this hour, we first remember the career of Robin Williams with film critics Jack Garner and Mike DiGiorgio. Then we talk about the affects of depression and suicide with 2-1-1/Lifeline Program Manager Shye Louis.

Monday on Connections, we discussed the suicide of inventor Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt and the ramifications for the transgender community.

ESPN’s Grantland.com ran a story about Dr. V earlier this month; she committed suicide after the ESPN writer uncovered her transgender status and said he would write about it.

Need to Know ROC - September 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

On this week's edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Breaking the silence on suicide with actress Mariel Hemingway and Dr. Eric Caine, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • The Entrepreneur of Hope. A local college professor turns businesswoman and her new venture is a tribute to her fellow warriors in the fight against cancer.