Podcast: The Importance of Innovation in Suicide Prevention

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Despite all the efforts being made in suicide awareness and prevention, death by suicide is still rampant in society. The obvious observation, then, is that bringing awareness is not enough, and that our current methods of suicide prevention are not working or, at least, not working well enough. Spurred by her brother’s death by suicide, our guest this week became a self-described “change agent” who stresses the importance of being more innovative in our approach to suicide prevention. She speaks of different approaches she has taken, herself, including “Man Therapy,” a social enterprise approach, and various initiatives she has started.

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Show Highlights:

“Even within the conversations of mental health, suicide is often skipped over because it’s so daunting to people.” ~ Sally Spencer-Thomas

  • The change in perspective about suicide in clinicians and consumers
  • Using social enterprise for suicide prevention
  • What is “man therapy”?
  • Why we need to be more innovative in suicide prevention

About Our Guest

Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical psychologist. Mental health advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor. She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He is also one of the co-hosts of the popular show, A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. As a speaker, he travels nationally and is available to make your event stand out. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.

 

 

Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. He is also the author of several award-winning novels and creator of the costumed hero, Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.