The Don Cornelius Foundation Is Getting The Word Out For National Suicide Prevention Week

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Since 2010 suicide has been the number one cause of death among middle aged Americans.

It’s a startling fact and since next week is National Suicide Prevention Week, The Don Cornelius Foundation is getting the word out to get people talking about depression and mental health and what we can do about it.

Two years ago, legendary radio and television personality and creator of Soul Train Don Cornelius took his own life and just  a few weeks ago, actor Robin Williams also committed suicide following a long battle with depression.

These high profile celebrities have brought new attention to an issue which affects millions of people and their families.

The Don Cornelius Foundation was created to honor Don’s memory and to encourage families to come forward and ask for help.

Don’s son Tony Cornelius and the foundation’s Executive Director Fatima Cortez stopped by The WAVE to talk about suicide prevention, the foundation and an event they’re holding this Sunday to kick off National Suicide Prevention Week.

Join them along with surprise guests who share their mission to prevent suicide and support those who have lost loved ones. Proceeds will benefit the important work of New Directions for Veterans and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“I Am The Face”, the National Suicide Prevention Week Kick Off
Presented by The Don Cornelius Foundation
Hosted by The WAVE’s Pat Prescott
Sunday September 7, 2014 from 3-6pm
Post & Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
LA 90008


Click on the radio to listen to the interview 

Segment 1 – I sat  down with founder of the Don Cornelius foundation, Tony Cornelius, and the foundation’s executive director, Fatima Cortez, to talk a little bit about how the organization began.

Segment 2 – Tony and Fatima address some of the issues that can lead to suicide, and the effects suicide can have on the remaining family members.

Segment 3 – We discuss Tony’s upcoming speech at the Professional Black Caucus in addition to his and Fatima’s goals for the foundation.

Segment 4 – Fatima and Tony reveal details about the foundation’s Post and Beam event and Tony’s involvement in the Soul Train Cruise.

Segment 5 – Fatima and Tony share personal experiences and encounters with suicide, and give encouragement to those who have been affected by it.



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  • Linda Hart Hart
    commented 2014-09-09 12:21:32 -0700
    Linda Hart, Executive Director/Founder, African American Mental Health Coalition. Myself and family share with you our personal pain and experiences with a family member suicide. Please visit our website to learn how our coalition created a California legislative bill ARC 150 which recognize the 2nd week in February as “African American Mental Health Awareness Week” to help reduce the stigma of Mental Illness.