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WSW: Let's Talk About "The 'S' Word" - Suicide

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Most college students arrive at campus knowing few people at a time when they must also learn how to live on their own for the first time. For some, that can lead to depression--even suicide. That's why Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College is showing "The 'S' Word" documentary on Feb. 7.

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Lisa Klein, film director

The documentary, released last year, tells the stories of suicide survivors finding hope. On today's WestSouthwest show, we hear from Lisa Klein, the film's director (listen now: click icon above). She lost her father and brother to suicide. She says people more often than not know someone who committed suicide or know someone who knows a person who did, so she believes this film is for everyone.

"We want it to not be the 10th leading cause of death (in the United States), and the second leading cause of death for 10-to-24-year-olds," Klein tells Earlene McMichael on WestSouthwest.

A free screening of the 93-minute "The 'S' Word" documentary is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, followed by a discussion with Klein.

It is the fifth event in a special mental health lecture series offered this spring by WMU's Lee Honors College.

The WestSouthwest news and public affairs show airs at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays on WMUK, the NPR station at Western Michigan University.

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Earlene McMichael was WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition from August 2012 through October 2021. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.
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