Understand Suicide

Understand Suicide

www.understandsuicide.com
Here we will create a safe community to fight the stigma surrounding suicide. I will interview specialists, survivors, and individuals who have a story to tell. We will cover a variety of themes: grief, warning signs, risk factors, contagion, youth, and most importantly, what can be done to prevent suicide. To contact me, send a message to pfontenelletherapis@gmail.com Visit my page: www.understandsuicide.com Facebook Page: https://bit.ly/2MMLBWO


30 - What to say to a suicidal person / Interview Stacey Freedenthal
Jul 6 • 46 min
Knowing how to help a suicidal person is difficult for most of us. We are afraid to “do the wrong thing” and stimulate their resolve. In order to help with this issue, the clinical social worker Stacey Freedenthal wrote the book “Helping the suicidal…
29 - Suicide grief and how COVID-19 has impacted bereavement - Interview Jill Johnson-Young (Part 2)
Jun 25 • 29 min
Jill Johnson-Young knows grief profoundly and from many perspectives. She was widowed twice before the age of fifty; as a medical social worker, she has worked with dying patients; she has run grief support groups; she has created the Your Path Through…
28 - Phases of grief? Interview Jill Johnson-Young (Part 1)
Jun 18 • 25 min
Jill Johnson-Young knows grief profoundly and from many perspectives. She was widowed twice before the age of fifty; as a medical social worker, she has worked with dying patients; she has run grief support groups; she has created the Your Path Through…
27 - Her sexual assault led her to a suicide attempt - Interview Catherine Chapman
Jun 11 • 33 min
Catherine is a victim of child sex abuse, and as it often happens with children, she grew up believing it was her fault. There were times when she tried to warn her parents about her contact with pornography but they often dismissed her claims. Later, as…
26 - How can schools be prepared to address suicide? Interview Jonathan Singer
Jun 4 • 21 min
Jonathan Singer is a clinical social worker, the president of the American Association of Suicidology, and co-author of the book “Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention.” In this…
25 - The pandemic and its toll on mental health - Interview Jonathan Singer
May 28 • 26 min
Jonathan Singer is a clinical social worker and the president of the American Association of Suicidology. In this interview, we discuss how the pandemic has impacted individuals, families, work relations, and communities. He talks about the challenges we…
24 - She reinvented her life after losing her brother to suicide / Sally Spencer-Thomas
May 21 • 42 min
Sally Spencer-Thomas is an award-winning speaker in mental health. After losing her brother Carson to suicide, in 2004, she focused her work as a psychologist to fighting the stigma surrounding suicide. In this interview, she tells her Carson’s story, how…
23 - The masks we wear when in pain: he attempted suicide but all everyone saw was a perfect life / Interview John Nieuwenburg
May 14 • 34 min
John Nieuwenburg is an award-winning business coach from Canada with a supportive family and wife, but this is only one side of his story. For years, he hid from everyone his feelings of hopelessness, until his depression took its toll and he attempted…
22 - Stigma and mental illness: Is awareness enough? Interview Dr. Patrick Corrigan
May 6 • 39 min
Psychologist Dr. Patrick Corrigan has struggled with mental illness all his life and has dedicated his profession to fighting the discrimination experienced by those with psychiatric conditions. In this eye-opening interview, I asked him what we can do to…
21 - Childhood grief: how to tell kids about death / Interview Donna Schuurman
Apr 28 • 39 min
In this interview, Donna Schuurman talks about how to open up a dialogue about grief with children. She gives valuable tips on finding appropriate language, how kids express emotions, what to avoid, and ways in which families can come together after the…
20 - Youth suicide: helping parents take action / Interview Norine Vanderhooven
Apr 20 • 31 min
For the past 3 years, Norine Vanderhooven has been the Chair of the Youth Suicide Prevention Committee of the American Association of Suicidology. As a clinical social worker, she has vast experience in treating trauma and suicide-related issues. In this…
19 - Talking to my sister about dad’s suicide
Apr 12 • 26 min
Suicide has a devastating impact on families, especially if blaming is present and the individual ways of grieving are not respected. In this conversation, I talk to my older sister Renata about the ways we see dad’s suicide and our personal grieving…
18 - Grieving a loved one / A conversation with clinical psychologist Brian Goff
Apr 2 • 33 min
Brian Goff is a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Portland, OR. In this interview, he talks about the natural responses we experience when grieving, particularly when the death is by suicide. We discuss emotions, society’s expectations of…
17 - Struggling with suicidal ideation / Interview Heidi Lindman
Mar 26 • 30 min
Heidi Lindman has struggled with suicidal ideation since her teenage years, but she has found a compassionate way to deal with them. In this interview, we talk about when these thoughts first came up, their impact on her life, and how she has developed a…
16 - She lost her brother to suicide, then turned pain into healing others / Interview Mariangela Abeo
Mar 18 • 33 min
Mariangela Abeo attempted suicide at the age of 17. Her brother helped her then. Years later, he took his own life. One of the ways she found to cope with the pain was by creating the project Faces of Fortitude. She travels the country photographing…
15 - He had given up / Interview Steven Webb
Mar 11 • 40 min
Steve has lived a life of adversity. Some of the struggles he deals with on a daily basis would make most of us question the meaning of life, including being paralyzed from the neck down, having experienced a painful divorce, and bankruptcy. In this…
14 - Trauma and the body / Interview Danielle Rousseau
Mar 4 • 41 min
We tend to believe that trauma is a “thing of the mind,” but that is not true. Part of this experience is stored in the body, which should be incorporated into one’s healing journey. In this interview, I talked to author Danielle Rousseau, who teaches at…
13 - The US Military, PTSD and suicide / Interview Timothy Wienecke
Feb 25 • 40 min
There are many misconceptions regarding the US Military, PTSD, and suicide. In this episode, Timothy Wienecke - who was in the Air Force for five years and now works as a counselor - talks about the struggles surrounding the military community, how they…
12 - Grief or PTSD? Interview Casey VanHoutan
Feb 17 • 26 min
Losing someone to suicide is a traumatic event, and trauma can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, but how can one know the difference? In this episode, therapist Casey VanHoutan explains how PTSD affects people, its symptoms, the various types…
11 - Relationships and suicide / Interview Peter Lovenheim
Feb 12 • 39 min
Having a strong support system is a protective factor against suicide, so relationships are central to healing. In this interview, the award-winning journalist Peter Lovenheim, author of “The Attachment Effect” talks about how early childhood bonds shape…
10 - Helping suicidal people / Interview Khara Croswaite
Jan 20 • 36 min
Most of us have encountered a person who is contemplating suicide, but very few of us know that. In this interview, counselor Khara Croswaite Brindle talks about the common traits shared by those who are suicidal, how to approach them and build effective…
9 - Suicide Warning Signs
Jan 10 • 24 min
Knowing how to identify warning signs is the first step to save a life. In this episode, I give many examples of the verbal and non-verbal warning signs given by those who are contemplating self-inflicted death. After detailing them, I give suggestions on…
8 - Suicide in schools / Interview Marti Diaz Domm
Dec 23, 2019 • 36 min
Marti Diaz Domm worked in the Oregon educational system for more than two decades. She describes how mental health issues are handled within the schools, the changes that need to be made so that educators are better prepared to deal with them, and she…
7 - My interview to Cynthia Boyd
Dec 9, 2019 • 36 min
In this interview, we covered quite a range of topics. Cynthia Boyd asked me about youth suicide: its causes, the impact of social media, and why it has been rising in the United States. We also talked about warning signs and what to do if you know…
6 - Struggling with mental illness / Interview Doree D’Angelo
Nov 29, 2019 • 26 min
Doree talks about her life with mental illness and how it led her to suicide attempts. In the midst of her struggle, she found people who were understanding of her condition and willing to help. Doree brings a message of hope to those who are at risk for…
5 - Support groups and grief counseling / Leslie Storm part 2
Nov 11, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, Leslie Storm talks about grief counseling and support groups. She also shares the story of her own loss as a counselor, when one of her patients took her own life. For more information on suicide, visit: www.understandsuicide.com My book…
4 - Losing a husband to suicide - Interview Leslie Storm Part 1
Oct 25, 2019 • 26 min
Leslie Storm knows suicide from both personal and professional viewpoints. After losing her husband to self-inflicted death, she became a grief counselor and a facilitator of suicide support groups in Portland, Oregon. In part one of this interview, she…
3 Religion and suicide - Interview Dr. Rand Michael
Oct 14, 2019 • 31 min
Dr. Rand Michael is a clergy person, a counselor, and was a professor for twenty-six years. In this interview, he talks about the importance of listening to someone’s pain without judgment, regardless of one’s religion or spiritual view on suicide. For…
2 - Losing a daughter to suicide / Interview Mindy
Oct 4, 2019 • 30 min
Mindy lost her daughter to suicide in 2017. She shares her grief process, what has helped her, rituals that keep her daughter present, and how her other kids have each dealt differently with the loss. For more information on suicide, visit:…
1 - My story
Sep 14, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode, I tell the story of my father’s suicide and how it affected my family. For more information on suicide, visit: www.understandsuicide.com My book “Understanding Suicide: living with loss, paths to prevention” can be found on Amazon. —-…