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Audio: On Truth (and Lies) in Suicide

Using Marguerite Duras’ play Savannah Bay as a jumping-off point, clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and author Andrew Solomon join philosopher Simon Critchley to discuss depression, which claims the lives of over 800,000 people a year. Part of the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival, this event was co-presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Onassis Cultural Center NY. Recorded November 14, 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; audio of the performance released in honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or call 911 immediately. For an online chat with a crisis counselor, visit Lifeline Crisis Chat.