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          The Bridge Controversy - Tragic Choice

          July 31, 2009

          Every day, 89 people commit suicide in the United States, and studies show that more than half of American college students have considered suicide at some point in their lives. This tragic act is the 11th leading cause of death in America. Dr. Phil hosts an honest and open discussion about suicide in the hopes of saving lives. Learn the warning signs and what you can do to help someone considering taking his or her life.

           

          If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, reach out for help by calling 1-800-273-TALK1-800-273-TALK FREE (8255).

           

          The Bridge

          In the controversial documentary, The Bridge, cameras capture people jumping off on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to end their lives, as well as some amazing rescues. The director, Eric Steel, joins Dr. Phil to set the record straight about his intentions when making the film.

           

          Does The Bridge glorify suicide or raise awareness about this devastating fatal act?

           


           

          A Friend’s Final Moments

          Jen and Matt heard their friend Gene threaten suicide so many times, they didn’t know when to take him seriously. His final minutes of life were caught on tape in The Bridge. How do Jen and Matt feel about watching their friend’s death?

           

          “I will always be bitter at him.”

           


           

          Facing Life after Loss

          Seventeen-year-old Casey was bound for college and a bright future until she cut her life short by committing suicide. Her parents, John and Erika, share their struggles, including why they blame themselves for her death.

           

          “I question myself about Casey’s death incessantly. I obsess over guilt.”

           


           

           

          Suicide Prevention

          Dr. Thomas Joiner, psychologist and author of Why People Die By Suicide, says a personal loss in his life inspired him to devote his professional life to suicide prevention.

           

          Learn the three common traits exhibited by people who commit suicide.

           

           

           

          Listen to Dr. Phil’s advice.

           

           

           

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