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Suicide Prevention: When People Offering Help Actually Need It

Two recent high-profile suicide deaths of men who worked with those at-risk for suicide highlights the increased suicide rate for those who provide services and care. The importance or raising awareness in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, is highlighted by the deaths of Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling [...]

How to Prevent a Suicide? Ask the ‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’

As a California Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Kevin Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often with suicidal people, but his own struggles with depression made his presentation Sept. 13 even more impactful at the seventh annual World Suicide Prevention Conference at Heublein Hall at Hartford Hospital. [...]

Panel: Suicide Prevention Starts with Empathy, Building Connections

As part of the seventh Annual World Suicide Prevention Day Conference Sept. 13, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network hosted a panel presentation about the role of healthcare providers in suicide prevention. The panel included Behavioral Health Network Physician-in-Chief John Santopietro; Sgt. Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and national speaker; [...]

Natchaug Adds Groton To College Student Treatment Program

Going off to college seems picture-perfect in advertising and university catalogs, but the reality can be much more stressful and even debilitating for some young adults. Many relocate from their parents’ home to a dorm room where loneliness can set in. All must function more independently than ever, with fewer [...]

Meet Dr. Fun: Can Video Games Help Healing?

Dr. Fun is now on call at Backus Hospital in Norwich. Dr. Fun, a mobile video-game platform for patients now being piloted on Backus’ E4 surgical unit is the brainchild of Ryan Kelly from ITS Field Services in the East Region. Kelly, with the help of colleague Frank Mauro, used an [...]

More Screen Time? It’s Now Part of Teens’ Mental Health Treatment

By Dr. Paul Weigle Psychiatrist, Natchaug Hospital Contrary to what you may think, video games, social media and related digital technology can actually improve the mental health of our younger generation. This is not to say Little Johnny should be allowed to lock himself in the basement and play Fortnite around [...]


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