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8.26.2014

Join Team UHealth for Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will once again support efforts to raise awareness about suicide at this year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on Sunday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Coral Gables campus.

Every 13 minutes, someone dies from suicide, and it is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S.

That’s why Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean and CEO of UHealth, and Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are encouraging everyone to do their part to raise awareness of mental health issues and prevent these tragic deaths from happening by joining Team UHealth for the walk.

“The recent suicide of Robin Williams has once again raised the awareness of the tragedy of these preventable deaths,” Nemeroff said. “Almost 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year and countless more attempt suicide. The vast majority of suicides are associated with undiagnosed, untreated or unsuccessfully treated psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

“We have effective treatments for these brain diseases,” Nemeroff continued, “and we must strive to have patients suffering with symptoms of these disorders evaluated by mental health professionals and treated appropriately. “Research to better understand the causes of these disorders will surely lead to better treatments. This is one of the major goals of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”

Please join Dr. Nemeroff and Dean Goldschmidt as they once again lead this year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For more information and to donate or register for Team UHealth, visit the event website.

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