E-wareness: Suicide Prevention






(September 2014)


Campaign Coordinators: Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell



This topic is important to me because my best friend’s middle brother took his life two years ago. If that wasn’t devastating enough, my friend’s youngest brother ended his life this year.

My family and I have pledged to raise awareness, participate in survivor walks, and raise funding, in honor of our friends.


Suicide touched my life when my husband of nine months completed his suicide fourteen years ago. It’s difficult for me to go into details but, because the topic is very important to me, I feel compelled to share with those about whom I care.



Background of the crisis:


Symptoms to watch for:



If you read only one piece of the information we share, please read:


More resources:


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (and note that September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week)

The Trevor Project



Susan Celentano is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified thanatologist (the study of death, dying, and bereavement), and her practice focuses on helping people who have suffered a profound loss.  You can find her website here.

Prior to facilitating a monthly Survivors After Suicide session, under the umbrella of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services,  Susan was kind enough to sit down with us in the Conference Room at Sherman Oaks Hospital to share her expertise and guide is through the process of helping a friend or family member should the need ever arise in our lives.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

1-800-273-TALK (8255) — National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(USA; connects you to the closest crisis center to your location)

From the video, two important takeaways:


Ideation – history of attempt(s)
Substance abuse


Withdrawal (and isolation)
Anger (and rage)
Reckless behavior
Mood changes

“Where do you hurt, and how can I help?”


We hope this campaign will help you communicate with friends and loved ones about suicide, that you have learned to observe signs of potential trouble, and that you feel comfortable asking “Where do you hurt? How can I help?” Many survivors after the suicide of a loved one lament that they wish they’d been more aware. It is our prayer that with knowledge will come prevention.

We have learned, in our own private journeys, that we cannot save everyone. If, however, we can help save one life, we all win.

…Sharon Gorrell and Reed Galloway, for the entire E-Club team


THE ROTARY E-CLUB OF THE GREATER SAN FERNANDO VALLEY asks you take a look at more of our website, especially the PROJECTS tab, and invites local visitors to contact us for more information about joining our fun, active, flexible team.

The opinions expressed by guest speakers are those of the speaker(s) and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


1 response to E-wareness: Suicide Prevention

  1. Thank you for sharing links to important information. Susan Celentano’s message resonates why it is so vital that, as human beings, we take the time to really listen to one another and offer the love and support that so many need. The question she shared, “Where do you hurt, and how can I help?” left a lasting impression on me.

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