Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Awareness Month and on this episode of WELLNESS MATTERS, we want to help start the conversation in our community around suicide. Anyone could be struggling with suicide and Understanding the issues and mental health factors is an important first step in prevention. Knowing what resources are available can help save a life.


  • Sarfraz Khan, M.D.
    Chief Medical Officer at Meridian Health Services

  • Jodi Cole
    Program Director, Delaware County adult and addiction services, Meridian Health Services

  • Tracy Bemis Smiley
    Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator with A Better Way and a steering committee officer on the NAMI Delaware Co. IN Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition

  • David Berman
    Vice President of Harm Reduction and Crisis Stabilization Programs, Mental Health America of Indiana and Executive Director, Indiana Suicide Prevention Network

  • Rev. Kevin Bockus
    Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, East Central Region IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Blackford, and Jay Hospitals

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