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When A Bluebird Day Isn't: Suicide in Our Mountain Town

Most of us came to Telluride convinced we'd entered nirvana, only to find that the stresses of living under extraordinary economic and social pressures activate feelings of hopelessness and despair. Together Dr. Sharon Grundy of TMC and internationally renowned clinical and consulting psychotherapist Paul L. Hokemeyer, JD, PhD (Dr. Paul) will provide a forum to enable the attendees to understand the environmental and social factors that heighten our emotional sensitivities to both elation and despair here in our box canyon and help create a community response to our suicide epidemic. This is the second event in a 3-part "Mental Health with Dr. Paul" series offered by Telluride TV, Tri-County Health Network, and the Wilkinson Public Library. Dr. Paul is an internationally renowned clinical and consulting psychotherapist who works with individuals and families in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union. A member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, he received his certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional and is licensed in New York State and Colorado as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in psychology, Dr. Paul holds a doctorate in law, a B.A. in economics and a M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus on family dynamics. Dr. Paul’s academic and clinical research, in which he explores the culture of wealth and celebrity has been published by Lambert Academic Press, The Journal of Wealth Management and is the topic of an upcoming book to be published by Hazelden and distributed by Simon & Schuster, Spring 2019. Dr. Paul has become one of the world’s most sought after media experts for his on-air work on CNN International, Al Jeezara, Good Morning America, FOX News, and the Today Show. He is frequently quoted as an expert by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Market Watch, WebMD, London’s Daily Mail, Men’s Health International, Prevention, Women’s Day, Yahoo, and others. Watch his interview on Telluride TV here and learn more about him here. Join us for the rest of the series: February 11th- When Even The Peak Isn't High Enough: Addiction in Our Box Canyon In our modern lexicon, the word addiction has become jargon. What's the difference between being intense, and being addicted? In this conversation, Dr. Paul, one of the nation's leading experts on addictive disorders will explain the physiology of addiction and the various roads to recovery.