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24 - Speaking of Suicide (feat. Dr. Stacey Freedenthal)

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Trigger warnings: in this episode we talk about suicide attempts, including a description of a personal encounter with someone attempting suicide.

This week, we're joined by Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, a psychotherapist and social work professor who specializes in Suicidology.  Dr. Freedenthal talks about why suicide is such an important area to learn about as well as offering some advice on helping suicidal people and finding the right therapist.  We also talk about how personal biases come into play regarding suicide and Dr. Freedenthal's brand new book, Helping The Suicidal Person.

Articles/resources mentioned throughout this episode:
- Dr. Freedenthal's New York Times piece, "A Suicide Therapist's Secret Past."
- 10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person / 10 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person
CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality)
- "You Can't Do Everything": Limitations in Helping a Suicidal Person
- The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
- How to Find a Therapist Who Does Not Panic About Suicide

Connect with Dr. Freedenthal on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, or learn more about her personal counseling practice on her website. Also, check out her brand new book Helping The Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals on Amazon or the accompanying website that has more resources.

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