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Depression and Suicide Myths: Dr. Paul Marcille Speaks to Community Members

Palo Alto University (PAU) Undergraduate Programs Director and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Paul Marcille, lectured to over 500 students and community members at local Bay Area community colleges in April and May of 2015 about mental illness.

The talks focused on myths about the mentally ill and misconceptions people have about mentally ill people. One of the topics Dr. Marcille focused on were myths about mentally ill individuals being a danger to others. He went on to talk about how the great majority of mentally ill and specifically, depressed individuals, are threats only to themselves. He further stressed that there is no intent to hurt others in their actions and that violence against other indivudlas is very rare. Anybody willingly hurting or killing another individual would be considered a psychopath or murderer, not someone with a mental illness.

Event Highlights:

Lectures at College of San Mateo, Foothill, and De Anza Colleges

Over 500 students attended between three talks

Murder v. Suicide - Germanwings airplane pilot discussion

Current students, professors, and local community members attended


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