Bravo To Feature Suicide Prevention PSAs During ‘Real Housewives’ Premiere

Written by Michael Lambarde on Sep. 01, 2011

Cable network Bravo has announced that the planned season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will premiere this upcoming Monday, Sept. 5 as expected, but with a few changes. The network will reportedly air public service announcements throughout the premiere about suicide prevention to coincide with the death of Russel Armstrong, who committed suicide last month.

Frances Berwick, the president of Bravo announced the news, confirming that the network is still re-editing the premiere to reportedly feature less of Armstrong’s shaky marriage with his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong.

“Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still underway,” Berwick said.

The network will also have a special introduction before the premiere airs. As noted previously, several of the stars of the reality series sat down on Monday and recorded their thoughts on the death of Russell. There is no word if that is expected to air on Monday or if it will air sometime in the future.

Bravo has also partnered with Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. to “raise awareness about suicide prevention” and will also be promoting the hotline number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is 800-273-8255.