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Hope Illuminated

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Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and was a recent invited speaker at the White House. Her goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities.

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In this podcast I interview Sebastian Slovin, author of Ashes in the Ocean: A Son's Story of Living though and Learning from his Father's suicide. We touch upon themes of survival, stigma and safe space and how he was able to grow... more

Today's podcast will explore the day in the life of a crisis support center — how it works, what to expect if you or someone you care about needs some help getting back on track. My interview with Jennifer Battle explores the social justice... more

Guests: Heidi Bryan and Dr. Yeates Conwell In many societies we are predominantly youth-focused and overlook the healthcare and policy needs of our elders. This ageist perspective often leads to cultural scripts that prevent us from... more

When it comes to engaging a wider circle in our suicide prevention and mental health promotion movements, we need to take a page from the playbook of other social justice movements. How do we ?make the message stick?? How can we... more

Early in his career Dr. John Draper had a lightbulb moment when he was on suicide watch for patients while they were being "treated" with isolation and restraints; he thought "we can do better." Today, John is one of the global... more

What does it mean to "promote the positive" in suicide prevention? When we are inundated with discouraging data about increasing suicide rates and tragic stories of suicide loss, our hearts are moved to the urgency of the need to "do... more

How do we communicate about suicide with teens? Perhaps, they are the ones in the best position to tell us.? The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recommends strategy, safety and a positive narrative when messaging about... more

Dr. Ursula Whiteside has been working developing a set of skills that people can use when they feel emotionally "on fire." The analogy is a powerful one. Since elementary school we have been trained in fire drills and escape plans on what... more

With high profile celebrity suicides dominating the headlines, the topic of suicide was on the mind of many. While we still have a ways to go to undo the misperceptions, prejudice and discrimination that surrounds suicide and suicidal... more

In light of the ?Zero Tolerance Policy? that is forcibly separating children from their families at the US/Mexico border, childhood trauma is a hot topic. We know that child separation from family increases risk for suicide, especially when the... more