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Preventing Suicide (2018)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-07-25

Duration: 00:58:16

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Suicide | Mental Health


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Benoit, Emma Interviewee
  • LeJeune, Barney Interviewee
  • Campbell, Frank Interviewee
  • Foreman, April Interviewee
  • LeJeune, Barney Speaker
  • Randall, Allen "Bubba" Speaker
  • Randall, Renee Speaker
  • Gremade, Anthony Speaker
  • Adjei, Stephen Speaker
  • Moulder, Robin Speaker
  • Foreman, April Speaker
  • Pardue, Sarah Speaker
  • Hobdy, Gerri Speaker
  • Walukevich, Katherine Speaker
  • Farlow, Ebonie Speaker
  • Singh, Anushka Speaker
  • Lawrence, Robert Speaker
  • Peters, Laura Speaker
  • LeBlance, Danita Panelist
  • Tucker, Raymond Panelist
  • Myles, Tonja Panelist
  • Elmer, Cynthia Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 25, 2018, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on preventing suicide. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Emma Benoit, suicide survivor; Barney LeJeune, the executive director of the Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services in Lafayette; Dr. Frank Campbell, a suicidologist; and Dr. April Foreman, a licensed psychologist at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. The audience members then share their stories of how they have been impacted by suicide. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Danita LeBlanc, the suicide prevention coordinator with the Louisiana Department of Health; Dr. Raymond Tucker, the founder of the LSU Mitigation of Suicidal Behavior Research Laboratory; Tonja Miles, a suicide survivor and recovery advocate; and Cynthia Elmer, the board chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Louisiana. They discuss: the biggest misconceptions about suicide; the warning signs; the importance of overcoming the stigma of suicide; how to help someone who is exhibiting suicidal behavior; the training received by school personnel; online resources; the risk factors; and the connection between firearms and suicide. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau