The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is participating in an ambitious new project. This Emotional Life is a two-year outreach campaign anchored by a three-part, nationally broadcast series on PBS (airing Jan. 4-6) that examines the science behind emotions, the challenges to well-being, and the keys to happier lives.

This multi-platform endeavor is focused on emotional well-being and happiness, and is designed to help people foster stronger social relationships. Within the PBS series, the topics of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are discussed and some treatments are highlighted.

For the past two years the Long Funeral Home and Communities That Care have sponsored the Coastal Maine Out of The Darkness Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They have worked with families to build community awareness about preventing suicide.

Featured in the PBS broadcast are AFSP Vice President Dr. John Greden and AFSP Scientific Council member Dr. Kay Jamison. AFSP is also listed as a resource on the PBS Web site.

Spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, the project includes the PBS series — which features compelling personal stories and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Richard Gere — a content-rich website, a national outreach campaign, and educational toolkits created to support topics within the series.

Other organizations currently involved in this project include the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, the Mayo Clinic and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

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