Mental Health On Center Stage Podcast

Mental Health On Center Stage Podcast

Pictured (Left to Right, Garry Lapidus, Andrea Duarte, Marisa Giarnella-Porco, Gillian Anderson, Renee DiNino, Rachel Papke, and Renee Wilk) 

Listen below to the podcast "Putting Mental Health on Center Stage."

Podcast Panelists 

Marisa Giarnella-Porco, President and CEO, Jordan Porco Foundation 

Rachel Papke, Communications Manager, Jordan Porco Foundation

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH Director, Injury Prevention Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 

Andrea Duarte, MSW, MPH, LCSW, Behavioral Health Program Manager, Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services 

Renee Wilk, Executive Director, Foundation Relations & Corporate Giving, The Quell Foundation Inc. 

Statistics & Severity – Injury Prevention Center & DMHAS

• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults 15-24 in the U.S. 

• Nationally, almost 1 in 5 high school students seriously considered suicide (including almost 1 in 4 females) in the past year 

• One in five young adults has a diagnosable mental health disorder, yet most of those at risk are not receiving the help they need 

• Approximately 1 in 10 college students consider suicide each year

Remember to be open about your mental health. Maybe you’re embarrassed to share your thoughts with others, or, you’ve tried talking about it but don’t feel anyone listened or understood. Please, don’t give up. Talk about it. If you, a friend or family member is struggling emotionally—you are not alone. There is help available. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text START or HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

The Jordan Porco Foundation

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Twitter: @JMPMF

Instagram: @freshcheckday

The Jordan Porco Foundation's mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. The Jordan Porco Foundation is named in memory of the co-founder's son, Jordan. Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. His parents turned their grief into action by creating unique programs to address the major public health concern of young adult suicide which is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15-24. What started as a pilot program in 2012 has grown nationally to reach tens of thousands of young adults. To learn more about the unique suicide prevention programs of the Jordan Porco Foundation CLICK HERE

The Jordan Porco Foundation can only continue their lifesaving work with your support. Please join them for their 7th annual Jordan's Journey gala that will be held on April 7, 2018 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Get your tickets CLICK HERE

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

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Twitter: @CTDMHAS

 The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

The Quell Foundation

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Twitter: @quellfoundation

Instagram: @quellfoundation

The Quell Foundation strives to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and incarcerations of people with mental health illness. We work to accomplish this by encouraging people to share their stories, increasing access to mental health services, providing a pipeline of future mental health care professionals with scholarships, and training first responders to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own. There’s a severe stigma associated with mental health illness that prevents those closest to us from getting the help they need. By promoting open, judgment-free dialogue, together we can shatter the stigma and normalize the conversation around mental health. Watch their President & CEO's inspiring Penn State Commencement. Learn more about their scholarship program, CLICK HERE

Their annual MasqueradeBall will be held at the Marriott in Newport, RI on November 10, 2018.

Injury Prevention Center - Connecticut Children's Medical Center

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Twitter: @ctchildrens

Instagram: @ctchildrensmedctr

Injury Prevention Center (IPC) senior staff are members of key statewide advisory boards directly addressing youth suicide prevention programs and policy including the Connecticut Suicide Prevention Advisory Board, the Child Fatality Advisory Board, and the Violent Death Reporting System. Key IPC staff leading the suicide prevention work include Steven Rogers, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and IPC research scientist; Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, director of the IPC; and Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA, associate director of the IPC. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text START or HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

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