CBS This Morning with Gayle King

Last week, I joined a suicide attempt survivor panel discussion facilitated by Gayle King [reaction blog coming] on The CBS This Morning Show. The conversation touched on myths of suicide, hope and recovery, and informs how friends and family can be supportive to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. Here is the segment that aired:- At Gayle King's encouragement, CBS took the painstaking time to edit the full hour-long conversation and put it online. It’s right here:

Good Morning America Blog-Post

By Katie Kindelan With the shocking deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain still fresh in our minds and dramatic new statistics showing suicides on the rise, we’re all grappling with how pervasive and devastating suicide is. Around 1.4 million in the United States alone are estimated to attempt suicide every year. Someone in your life could be struggling right now and you may not even realize it, experts say. Behind the statistics of suicide attempts are real people, survivors, who struggled in their darkest days and were able to break through. “They’ve been there and they’ve made it out alive,” said Stacey Freedenthal, a psychotherapist and educator in Denver who is a suicide attempt survivor. “They are people who were on the edge of death and then go on and continue...

California Statewide Prevention Plan

Last week, I was invited along with suicide loss survivors, therapists, and researchers to present recommendations to California's Statewide Suicide Prevention. Highlights from Kelechi Ubozoh's Written Statement to MHSOAC - MHSOAC Question: How are suicide/ suicide attempts experienced in communities of color? What is are some reasons suicide is underreported for people of color?  There is a widespread misconception amongst many mental health professionals and researchers, that suicide is not a problem in black communities. However, this is not true. Recent studies show that nationwide, suicides among black children under 18 are up 71 percent in the past decade, rising from 86 in 2006 to 147 in 2016, the latest year such data is available from the Centers for Dis...