Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center Co-Founder Dr. Norman L. Farberow Dies on World Suicide Prevention Day
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DIDI HIRSCH SUICIDE PREVENTION CENTER CO-FOUNDER DR. NORMAN L. FARBEROW DIES ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
With heavy hearts, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services announces that Dr. Norman L. Farberow, co-founder of its world-renowned Suicide Prevention Center, died yesterday on World Suicide Prevention Day—a day that would not have been possible without him. Dr. Farberow is a founding father of suicidology, the study of suicide and suicide prevention. He was a veteran of World War II, and earned his doctorate in psychology from UCLA. In 1958, he co-founded the Suicide Prevention Center, which launched the nation’s first 24/7 hotline using trained volunteer counselors, and continued to contribute to the field throughout his life.
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“We were all moved that Dr. Farberow died on World Suicide Prevention Day—a day that wouldn’t exist without his vision, leadership and compassion. Dr. Farberow pioneered an entire field of study and was still training volunteers who work on our crisis line nearly 30 years after he retired. Most recently, he consulted on a manual we developed for group treatment of suicide attempters. Dr. Farberow changed people’s attitudes toward suicide. He understood that people considering suicide were in terrible pain and how much compassionate listening can help people in distress,” said Didi Hirsch’s President/CEO Dr. Kita Curry.
Dr. Curry and Lyn Morris, senior vice president of clinical operations at Didi Hirsch, are both available for interviews.
About Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
With more than 70 years of experience, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services transforms lives by providing quality mental health care and substance abuse services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access. From 11 locations and about 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Didi Hirsch helps more than 90,000 children and adults each year.
About Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center
Founded in 1958, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center helps people at risk of suicide, concerned loved ones and those who have lost someone to suicide. The first in the nation to establish a 24-hour hotline, the Suicide Prevention Center answered more than 62,000 calls, chats and texts in 2014. It offers support groups for people who have attempted suicide or are grieving a suicidal loss and is one of five in the nation taking calls for the national Disaster Distress Helpline.
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