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Talking about suicide is hard, so we asked experts for their advice

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September is Suicide Awareness Month. Experts say there are specific ways to conduct conversations with loved ones around the topic.

A content warning to our listeners: today we will be talking about suicide.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. United States saw nearly 50,000 deaths by suicide in 2022, and suicide continues to be on the rise.

Talking openly about suicide and mental health can be a critical part of deterring suicide deaths. But having those discussions can be really challenging and experts say there are specific ways to conduct these conversations delicately.

Later, we hear from Connecticut Urgent Crisis Centers.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can go online to 988lifeline.orgor dial 9-8-8.

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Tess is a senior producer for Connecticut Public news-talk show Where We Live. She enjoys hiking Connecticut's many trails and little peaks, gardening and writing in her seven journals.
Catherine is the Host of Connecticut Public’s morning talk show and podcast, Where We Live. Catherine and the WWL team focus on going beyond the headlines to bring in meaningful conversations that put Connecticut in context.