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WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation: “Suicide – not an option”

Join Jay Andersen, Barbara Jean Johnson, and their guests for WTIP’s First Thursday Community conversation: “Suicide – not an option,” 6-7 p.m. on May 6.
Nearly a million people worldwide commit suicide each year. There are anywhere from 10 million to 20 million suicide attempts annually. About 30,000 people reportedly kill themselves each year in the United States. It is this country's 11th leading cause of death.
We’ll be talking about the issue of suicide on the local level and covering strategies for prevention and warning signs. You can send in your questions and comments in advance to or call us at 387-1070. Your participation is welcomed and encouraged. We’ll have the phone lines open during the broadcast to take your calls.
What are the warning signs of suicide? Is there such a thing as a suicidal profile? How prevalent is suicide in Cook County? What should you do if you know a friend or loved one wants to commit suicide? What should you do if you’ve had those thoughts yourself?
You can send in your questions and comments in advance to, call us at 387-1070 or call -in during the broadcast. “Suicide – not an option,” on WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation program from 6-7 p.m., May 6.