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Houston Event Spotlights Suicide Prevention Research, Programs in Texas

More than 800 people from across Texas are gathering in Houston today (Aug. 18, 2015) to discuss suicide prevention. The 11th Annual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium is co-presented by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council and Mental Health America of Texas. The event features suicide prevention research and programs, along with discussions of what are called […]

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More than 800 people from across Texas are gathering in Houston today (Aug. 18, 2015) to discuss suicide prevention. The 11th Annual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium is co-presented by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council and Mental Health America of Texas.

The event features suicide prevention research and programs, along with discussions of what are called "postvention" – actions taken after a death by suicide.

Merily Keller is a suicide prevention and postvention consultant for Mental Health America of Texas and the Texas Suicide Prevention Council. She's also a co-founder of the Texas Suicide Prevention Council. Keller talks with Houston Matters' Maggie Martin about the symposium and how conversations about suicide have changed over the years.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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