Episode #34: Communities across the US have faced increase mental health challenges related to COVID-19, with teens and young adults being particularly hard hit. In this age group, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts have increased. In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, we focus the conversation on suicide prevention for teens and young adults. Being informed about suicide can help prevent many of these tragic deaths. College student and mental health survivor Enrique Garcia and mental health educator and advocate Owen Thomas join us to talk about what it’s like to feel suicidal, where to find help and support, and how to recognize warning signs. You’ll also learn more about what you can do to help those you love and care for who may be having mental health challenges and suicidal thoughts or feelings. This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Next month’s show focuses on complicated grief and recovering from losing a loved one to suicide.
Episode #35: Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and a preventable public health problem. In 2020, an average of 132 Americans a day died by suicide and 90% of those had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. All of those people had circles of family, friends, coworkers, classmates, teachers, and community members who are impacted by their death. In this episode, we talk with Leslie Nielsen, a mother who is now learning to navigate and live with this kind of grief after her adult son Ben died by suicide earlier this year. We’re also joined by Carly Memoli, Program Director for Suicide Prevention Service who explains this complicated grieving process and helps us understand the ways that people find their way through. Suicide is hard to talk about and this show might be hard to listen to, but the more you know, the more equipped you’ll be to help someone who is at risk or support someone who has had this kind of loss. This show is part 2 of a two-part series on suicide. We invite you to also check out last month’s show, Ep. 34: Suicide Prevention for Teens and Young Adults.
Episode #7: In this STATE OF MIND episode (remixed for broadcast), Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Rabbi Lori Klein and Kara Bowman, LMFT to discuss grief following a suicide. Lori bravely shares about losing her mentally ill mother to suicide and her grieving and growing process over the 30+ years since. She describes the initial impact, and how over time she has grieved, and learned to shape the meaning of these experiences in more helpful ways. Lori reflects on her own grief process, as well as what she has seen in her many years serving as an oncology hospital chaplain. Kara Bowman, a Hospice therapist and grief and suicide specialist, contributes many insights about grief, about the ways many people grieve in general and specifically following a suicide. Join us for this beautiful story that travels the distance from tragedy to hope