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September 30, 2021

Dr. Christine Moutier: We All Have A Role to Play

Dr. Christine Moutier (Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) debunks myths about suicide and discusses the big risk factors associated with the act. She details her path to becoming a suicide prevention advocate and shares how her own mental health journey during medical school led her to become a safe space for others. Dr. Moutier lists the occupations with the highest risk of suicide, the suicide patterns across every demographic, and the physical, emotional, and psychological factors that increase one’s risk. Mayim opens up about her family’s experience with suicide and highlights the importance of not waiting to seek help. She and Dr. Moutier consider the elevated suicide rates among LGBTQIA+ communities, the role social media plays in cyberbullying and suicide, and the importance of combating the epidemic of loneliness with interpersonal connections. They highlight the significance of having an open dialogue within family circles and the benefits of interactive screening programs before another engaging round of You Might Need Help If...

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Guest References

(AFSP) American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
You're not alone. Whether you have struggled with suicide yourself or have lost a loved one, know you are not alone. Hear about personal experiences from people in your local community whose lives have been impacted by suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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Now Matters Now
Have you had suicidal thoughts? Problems that felt unsolvable? You are in excellent company – we’ve been there.
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Family Acceptance Project: Building Healthy Futures for Youth
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities.
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Suicide Touches All of Us – What Can We Do About It?
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