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October 07th 2013:Next Steps in Preventing Suicide in Teenagers and Young Adults

Ginny Dennehy is co-founder, with her husband Kerry, and President of The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, www.thekeltyfoundation.org. They talk about their lives and experience with family caregiving. They explain the Foundation’s work and their work for it. They describe the greatest challenges that arise in efforts to prevent suicide in teenagers and young adults. They discuss the progress so far in dealing with the challenges and identify the gaps that remain. They highlight the next steps they see for the medical and healthcare systems, schools and higher education, and the justice syste

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Ginny Dennehy

Ginny Dennehy is co-founder, with her husband Kerry, and President of The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, www.thekeltyfoundation.org. Her world turned upside down when her 17 year-old son Kelty committed depression-related suicide. Eight years later, her 23 year-old daughter Riley died of a heart attack in Thailand. Since the foundation launched in 2001, Ginny’s championing has raised more than $5 million, funding care, research and education initiatives aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness, and providing support for young people with depression. She’s recipient of the annual Waugh Award from Canadian artist Eric Waugh for her work in depression, winner of the national CASP Suici
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Kerry Dennehy

Kerry Dennehy was co-creator with his wife Ginny of the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation in 2001, www.thekeltyfoundation.org. He says that, after they lost their son Kelty, they immediately and instinctively agreed to form the Foundation to warn others of the dangers of depression. He was the President of the Foundation for 8 years before turning over the reins to Ginny. Together the Dennehys are very proud of the $5 Million dollars that they have raised to date, which is dedicated to help prevent depression-related suicide in young people. He is currently the CEO at Pacifica, a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre in east Vancouver.
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