Bernard Mayes was an ordained Episcopal priest, a volunteer radio producer at KPFA, and the founder of the first suicide prevention hotline in America, started in San Francisco in 1963. Mayes published his autobiography Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest through the University of Virginia Press in 2001. In this program, founder of San Francisco Suicide Prevention and volunteer hotline manager Bernard Mayes discusses the psychology of suicide in America with Elsa Knight Thompson. They also discuss statistics and psychology of suicide in other cities and states in the country.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.