Baystate Noble Hospital plants “tree of hope” for suicide prevention

Hampden County

Baystate Noble Hospital planted a tree and unveiled a memorial stone on Thursday to honor the memory of Dr. Bob Schlichtig, who took his own life 16-years-ago.

The doctor’s widow, Kathy Schlichtig, spoke of what she learned about losing a loved one to suicide.

“It touches every walk of life,” Schlichtig said. “I’ve also learned how we try to bury it and it’s very important for people to reach out to each other.”

Baystate Noble’s Chief of Medicine, Dr. Denzil Reid, was more than a long-time colleague with Dr. Schlichtig, they were close friends.

“I’m hoping that we bring an awareness to the problem of suicide in the community,” Dr. Reid told 22News. “It is a large issue, often not spoken about in the way it should be.”

The memorial program recognized that every year, 40,000 Americans take their own lives, leaving friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss.

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