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Talking About Suicide

Robin Williams in a scene from the 2006 film, "The Night Listener."

The recent death of actor Robin Williams left many people shocked, and it re-started the conversation about suicide, its warning signs, and ways to get help. We revisit a show we did about the illness last year.

We also hear a moving story about depression from author Andrew Solomon, who shared it at The Connecticut Forum earlier this year.


  • Dr. Harold Schwartz - Psychiatrist-in-chief and vice president of behavioral health, Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living; director, Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Lisa Namerow - Child and adolescent psychiatrist and director, consultation services to Connecticut Children's Medical Center at Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital
  • Andrea Duarte - Behavioral health program manager at Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and co-cChair of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board
  • Marisa Porco - President, Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation

This show originally aired on September 9, 2013.

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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