Verona Resident Participates In CNN Town Hall On Suicide Prevention


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Rosemary Gabbe Anderson CooperRosemary Citrano Gabbe, who organized last year’s highly successful Verona Park walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, was invited to participate in a special CNN Town Hall “Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis”. The show was taped on Thursday night in Manhattan and will air this Sunday, June 24, at 7 p.m.

Anderson Cooper will moderate the 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.

Rosemary Gabbe Anderson Cooper
During the hour, CNN will provide information on available resources for anyone in the U.S. 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 7 p.m. 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.

The Verona Park walk that Gabbe organized last year was the second largest AFSP walk in New Jersey, raising more than $116,000. As a result, AFSP was able to sponsor several general community events to raise awareness of suicide prevention, as well as an event specifically for high school seniors to prepare them for the transition to college. The planning for this year’s walk, which will take place on Sunday, October 14, is already under way.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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