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  • Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions

    Associate Medical Director Eric Plakun, MD, explores "shared elements" or "common factors" for the treatment of suicidal patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in the March 4, 2016 issue of Psychiatric News.

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    A group of Riggs employees, family members and patients participated in the first-ever Berkshire County Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Over 50 staff members participated to raise awareness and dollars to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss in Berkshire County. 

  • Mariel Hemingway

    The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center along with the Berkshire International Film Festival are excited to announce an important community event on suicide, stigma and mental health, featuring mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway and the documentary film about the Hemingway family, Running From Crazy, on Saturday, March 28, from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. 

  • Robin Williams

    Robin Williams’ death by suicide has drawn attention to the complicated circumstances and feelings that surround the issue of suicide.  When I started studying suicide and its effects on clinicians in 1998 I did not know that this would become a career trajectory.  Suicide back then was swept under the rug and rarely acknowledged as a professional hazard or something to be discussed much in public. 

  • Recognizing those who have attempted suicide and survived

    Benedict Carey, in his recent New York Times article, “Suicide Prevention Sheds a Longstanding Taboo: Talking About Attempts,” explores the recent move by the American Association of Suicidology to recognize those who have attempted suicide and survived and what this acknowledgment means for the survivors, the clinicians who treat suicidal individuals, research into suicidality and how society discusses suicide.

  • Suicide Awareness Month

    The suicidal person suffers alone. We must continue to find ways to address this suffering. Treatment is only part of the answer, although in treatment centers we can and should try to find ways to do better. Beyond treatment, in our communities, our country, our culture, we can find ways both to cultivate hope and to speak with each other about suffering.

  • Pills in hand

    Dr. Elizabeth Weinberg shares her thoughts on the rise in suicide rates among adults.

  • Train tracks

    Dr. Elizabeth Weinberg shares her thoughts on the rise of suicide rates among baby boomers.

  • Golden Gate bridge

    Dr. Elizabeth Weinberg shares her thoughts on the rise in suicide rates among adults aged 35 to 64.

  • Jane Tillman, Ph.D., Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research.

    Following a national search, Jane Tillman, Ph.D. has been selected as the next Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research.

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