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Assessing SEPTA’s Suicide Prevention Pilot Program

Since 2011, there have been 66 deaths along SEPTA’s train, trolley and subway lines. Forty of those deaths have been ruled suicides. After a high of 10 suicides […]

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Gala

On November 14, 2015, The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) honored me(!) with the 2015 Humanitarian Award for my […]

City Life

New York Times on Penn’s Problems With Suicide and Perfectionism

Today’s New York Times has an article on campus suicide that features the story of Kathryn DeWitt, a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Like […]

City Life

Man Who Jumped From Hotel Balcony Identified

PLEASE NOTE: This article was written and published in 2015. The friends and family of Sean McGrellis are grieving his loss after the 37-year-old Williamstown, […]

City Life

Report: Penn Must Fight “Destructive Perfectionism”

A university task force formed after a wave of suicides hit campus last year says Penn must fight a culture of “destructive perfectionism.” The Daily […]

City Life

Madison Holleran’s Notes Dispel the Myth of the Selfish Suicide

The family of Madison Holleran — the 19-year-old Penn student who jumped to her death a year ago — provided her suicide note to People […]

City Life

Leelah Alcorn’s Memory Lives On at Golden Globes and Beyond

The death of Leelah Alcorn has shaken the LGBT community to its core. Many have responded saying that her suicide was “the transgender tipping point.” What made her […]

City Life

Delaware County in Shock Over 14-Year-Old Boy’s Suicide

A heartbreaking end to a heartbreaking week in Philadelphia, with news that 14*-year-old Skyler Baffa of Broomall, Delaware County, committed suicide on Thursday.