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Suicide, grief counseling, healing

Shattered Lives: Defining Suicide, Grief, and Healing

  Once again tragedy strikes in 2014 with the untimely and shocking suicide of Robin Williams following on the heels of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and designer L’Wren Scott. The news and social media feeds have been consumed with announcements, theories, well wishes, all which unsettle the emotional state of the public.  Suicide hotlines all over the country have had record number of calls, hopefully by those who see that making the call for help is the better available option. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, suicide rates far outnumber homicide, especially in middle age and elderly populations. What we know about suicide, and the stigma attached to depression, addiction, and mental illness, has been hidden behind closed doors, often relegated to the “family secret.” Shattered Lives Radio offers not only offers condolences to those left behind surviving in the aftermath, but solid information on how to effectively deal with the trauma. Host Donna R. Gore (“LadyJustice”) has frequently invited grief counselor Duane Bowers to the show to provide listeners with expert advice …