June 21st, 2018

CNN to Air a Special Town Hall on Suicide Prevention

FINDING HOPE, Battling America’s Suicide Crisis, will air Sunday, June 24

On Sunday June 24, at 7pm ET on CNN, before a studio audience, Anderson Cooper will moderate a town hall on suicide, the often misunderstood and growing crisis that can reach across all socio-economic, race, gender, religious, political and age groups. As the country mourns the deaths of chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade, this special hopes to raise awareness by speaking with health professionals and those directly touched by suicide including:

  • Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • Glenn Close, Award-winning actress and Co-Founder of Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging open conversation about mental health to reduce stigma.
  • Zak Williams, the son of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died by suicide.
  • Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and author of recent op-ed about his mother’s death by suicide.
  • Jane Clementi, Co-Founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation
  • David Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, whose father died by suicide.
  • Talinda Bennington, widow of the late Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park, who died by suicide in 2017, Co-Founder 320 Changes Direction and Executive Advisor to the Campaign to Change Direction.
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and neurosurgeon, adds his perspectives on the roots of this national crisis and the latest medical techniques on how to fight it.


During the hour, CNN will provide information on available resources for anyone in the US and around the world who is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

In addition to the TV airing, CNN will stream FINDING HOPE, Battling America’s Suicide Crisis beginning at 7pm ET on June 24, without requiring log-in to a cable provider. The Town Hall will be available to watch on’s homepage and on CNNgo (at and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android unauthenticated. After airing, viewers can also watch the full Town Hall on CNNgo starting Monday.

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