Three-time Olympian hopes to help save lives

09/02/2010

Suzy Favor Hamilton presentation focuses on depression, suicide

GREEN BAY – Suzy Favor Hamilton, one of Wisconsin’s most accomplished runners, will be the featured speaker during a program that looks to spread encouragement and inspiration in the ongoing fight against depression and suicide.

Favor Hamilton, who has battled with depression and also experienced the suicide of her brother, will speak about her personal experiences with both issues during a 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, presentation titled “Running Though the Pain: Become a Partner in Saving Lives.” She’ll offer advice on how families, friends and the community as a whole can help reduce and better prevent depression and suicide.

The event will be held at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse, 1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay. It’s sponsored by Bellin Health Psychiatric Center and the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

“It’s important that we bring issues like depression and suicide to the forefront so people are more at ease addressing these topics,” said Linda Roethle, president of Bellin Health Psychiatric Center. “It’s when we reach that comfort level with such topics that the awareness factor can take hold and we become better prepared to intervene and help those who are most times quietly fighting these issues on their own.”

Favor Hamilton won 11 state titles at the high school level and was named one of the top 100 high school athletes of the century by Scholastic Sports Magazine. She excelled at the college level as well, winning nine NCAA championships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 23 Big Ten titles, and the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete. She is a three-time Olympian, holds six U.S. national championships, and conquered the 4-minute mark in the 1,500-meter event five times.

Register for the event by calling (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373. Also, interested parties can register online by visiting www.bellin.org/calendar. Click on the event date and follow the registration prompts.