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A Community’s Response to Suicide Through Public Art

Suicide is a preventable public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. Despite recognized need for community-based strategies for suicide prevention, most suicide prevention programs focus on individual-level change. This article presents seven first person accounts of Finding the Light Within, a community mobilization initiative to reduce the stigma associated with suicide through public arts participation that took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2011 through 2012.

Issue: 2013 Sep;52(1-2):197-209.

Author: Mohatt NV1, Singer JB, Evans AC Jr, Matlin SL, Golden J, Harris C, Burns J, Siciliano C, Kiernan G, Pelleritti M, Tebes JK. Publication date: 01 Sep 2013 Read the abstract