@Doc_Demers joins an all-star #SPSM panel to chat about tech integration in suicide prevention, 9/25/16, 8pCT.

Dr. Nathaan Demers joins DocForeman, Tony Wood, Dr. Bart Andrews, and Dr. Glen Coppersmith on a panel discussing the integration of technology, media and data science into suicide prevention, 9/25/16, 8pCT. Each panel member will pitch 1 question to the group on this topic, for live commentary from the panel, and audience.

You can learn more about Dr. Demers projects here or watch a neat video here.

Watch us LIVE here:

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Nathaan Demers is a clinical psychologist and is the Director of Clinical Programs with Grit Digital Health, an organization that connects college students to online and campus resources to promote success and wellness, with a specific emphasis on mental health and suicide prevention. Nathaan has experience working in therapeutic boarding schools, with court mandated populations, on inpatient burn/neuro ICUs, as well as several college counseling centers. Nathaan completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education – Mental Health Program, a nonprofit working to bring mental health services to rural and underserved areas in the Western 15 states and American Territories in the Pacific. Nathaan is a board member for the Colorado Psychological Association and serves on the Suicide Prevention Coalition – Primary Care Workgroup for the State of Colorado.

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@SarahElizTweets from @TheMightySite chats with #SPSM, 9/18/16, 8pCT

Sarah Schuster, from The Mighty chats with #SPSM, 9/18/16, 8pCT about writing engaging mental health social media.

You may remember Schuster from her fantastic article on https://ourdatahelps.org.

Watch her LIVE here:

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Sarah Schuster is the mental health editor at The Mighty, an online story-telling community for people who live with different disabilities, chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. She’s a writer with a journalism degree from Syracuse University and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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#SPSM chats with Mike Anestis of @PsychBrownBag about the @AASuicidology Listserv, 9/11/16, 8pCT

Dr. Mike Anestis chats with #SPSM about moderating the Listserv for the American Association of Suiciodology, 9/11/16, at a special time, 8pCT!

For digital natives a Listserv is one of the forerunners of social media, as we experience it today. For AAS, the Listserv has been the community hang-out, and serving the function of connecting AAS members and others about important ideas in Suicidology. Much like #SPSM, it creates community and disseminates expert to expert information and ideas, and has generated important collaborations, such as the “Dangerous Words” project, featured on SPSM.

And if you ever wondered about the AAS Listserv rules, check them out here. Of course, a lot of those rules can be boiled down to Wheaton’s Law: Don’t Be a Dick.

And, because anything that involves self expression, suicide, rules, and guidelines has a lot of passion…a disclaimer. We are talking about a medium that does have house rules, and people may have opinions about those. Dr. Anestis did not write those rules, he’s simply serving as the Listserv moderator. If you want to talk with someone who has the power to consider your opinion and influence the rules, please approach people from the AAS Board.

Watch is LIVE here, where we PROMISED Dr. Anestis that we would NOT let the show turn into a “dumpster fire.” (Listen, he’s watched us live, and getting us to promise this makes total sense).

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Dr. Mike Anestis is currently an assistant professor in the clinical psychology program in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation laboratory. His research and that of his students focuses primarily on what makes an individual vulnerable to thinking about and engaging in suicidal behavior. Our studies include work with undergraduates, community participants, and soldiers. Additionally, his research team focuses a substantial amount of their energy on the various ways that individuals regulate their emotions – how they identify them and either attempt to sustain or alter them.


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#SPSM chats about #Spotify and social music sharing for #suicide #prevention, 8/28/16, 9pCT

Join @DocForeman, Tony Wood (@Adwww), @BartAndrews, and @DeseraeStage as they chat about using social music sharing platforms, like http://www.spotify.com to help people connect about resilience and recovery, 8/28/16, 9pCT.

This was an idea shared with SPSMers at the American Association of Suicidology’s annual conference this year, and we thought it was great! The power of music, words, and other arts to help people connect and heal is real. Creating playlists and sharing is a great way to engage people, and was an idea initially brought up by youth as a way to engage people with content.

So, with that in mind, those of us from the mix tape and CD generation schooled ourselves at creating playlists, and made different kinds. @DocForeman picked a list of songs she uses to cope with feelings of discouragement and challenge, songs that fuel what her brother calls “relentless bad-assery.” Maybe the songs work for you. If so, listen and share. Maybe you have a different take on playlists. If so, try creating one and posting to the SPSM page.

Listen to an SPSM playlist here:

And, on 8/28/16, watch us LIVE here:

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@HannahEMoch of @AFSPNational chats with #SPSM about SoMe and #SPWK16, 9/4/16, 9pCT

Hannah Moch of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) chats with #SPSM, 9/4/16, 9pCT. What does AFSP have planned for Suicide Prevention Week (#SPWK16), and how can social media connect people affected by suicide, regardless of geographic location?  Chat with Hannah to learn more!

Learn more about Hannah’s connection to suicide prevention: https://afsp.org/in-pursuit-of-more-birthdays/Find out how you can be the voice to #StopSuicide during National Suicide Prevention Week with AFSP: https://afsp.org/nspw

Watch Moch LIVE here:

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Hannah Moch is the Communications Coordinator at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where she oversees the organization’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts (all @afspnational), as well as the Lifesaver Blog. In 2014, she graduated from The New School with a BA in Culture and the Media. Hannah is passionate about seeing proper representation of the LGBTQ+ community and those living with mental health conditions in social and traditional media. She was born, raised and will forever remain in NYC.

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Dr. Chelesea @IndianaBooth chats with #SPSM about all things #data, 8/21/16, 9pCT. #HITsm #HCSM #bigdata #suicide


Dr. Chelsea Booth opens #SPSM Season Four to chat about all things data and suicide, 8/21/16, 9pCT. Ordinarily, SPSMers write the chat synopsis. But this time, we’re going to let Dr. Booth describe it in her own fabulous words:

“I’ll want to talk through the population level vs. system level data (and why that’s important for the field); each system (not in the order above, but probably wisqars, then wonder, then HCUP, then deaths in custody); Zero Suicide (how it’s responding to needs in the field that we learned about through data); data/information we hope to encourage ZS sites to collect. Why data are awesome. Why you (@DocForeman) and Bart are awesome. Renaissance costumes. World of Warcraft. Why KCMO is the best place on earth. What non data nerds should know about data and why it’s important for our work.”

Check out these links that she’ll be discussing:

o  http://www.zerosuicide.com/

o   http://www.ahrq.gov/research/data/hcup/index.html

o   http://wonder.cdc.gov/

o   https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/

o   http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=19

Watch her stream LIVE here:

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Chelsea L. Booth, Ph.D., is Manager of the Zero Suicide Institute at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, EDC. Before joining EDC in May 2016, she was a Public Health Advisor (state team coordinator for the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant program & suicide data lead) in the Suicide Prevention Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Rutgers University and joined the federal government in 2012 as a Presidential Management Fellow. As a PMF from 2012-2014, she was detailed to SAMHSA, NIMH, and the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services working on various public health initiatives. She has also been a member of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Implementation Assessment Advisory Group and Research Prioritization Task Forces, both of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Her ethnographic research focused on language politics and lived-experience of government policy and constitutional law in India; she has also analyzed data for the Research Prioritization Task Force about conceptualizations of suicide and the goals of suicide research by four different stakeholder groups (survivors, researchers, providers, and policy-makers).


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@SocWorkPodcast and @Brian_L_Foreman chat about #suicide in #schools with #SPSMSummer 8pCT 7/17/16 #SPSM

This week it was announced that suicide is now the #1 cause of death for children in Utah.

Dr. Jonathan Singer, #SPSM Alum, and Brian Foreman, school administrator (and Mr. @DocForeman) chat about the role of schools in suicide prevention, during a very special #SPSMSummer.

Chat will be 8pCT, 7/17/16, and you can watching them stream live here:


Dr. Jonathan Singer’s book, covering this topic can be found here:


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