Kate Spade. The CDC Report. Anthony Bourdain. #SPSM reflect on changes on our media responses after 5 years. 5/10/18, 9pCT.

Kate Spade. The CDC Report. Anthony Bourdain.

Chances are, if you are in the SPSM community you have been participating in media about one or all of these events in the last week.

Five years ago, when we launched SPSM, we were united around the mission to help experts and stakeholders in suicide prevention become more knowledgeable and skillful at the intersection of suicide, new media, and technology innovation.

As we finish Season 5, and as we sunset our current programming structure (to pave the way for launching new things), we had planned for this SPSM to both look at how far we have come, in terms of the skills and savvy of our community, in the service of our missions in suicide prevention.

And it is clear that things have changed. Chris Maxwell will be discussing the media appearances of many of our SPSM community members in the past week.

Given how far the suicide prevention community has come, where do we want to go next? As SPSM prepares for our next big step forward, what should we do next? Let’s talk about that LIVE here:

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@SeanYoungPhD chats #twitter #suicide #research and #ethics with #SPSM, 6/3/18, 9pCT. #CLPsych #HITsm #mhsm

Dr Sean Young chats with #SPSM about what happens when you start a study on social media signals for sleep health, and veer into the topic of suicide…only to find out that the IRB isn’t experienced with this issue. Join us 6/2/18, 9pCT.

Check out the abstract (or read the whole thing here:

“Due to the popularity of social media, researchers are increasingly conducting studies that monitor and analyze people’s health-related social media conversations. Because social media users can post about any topic at any time, no known best ethical practices exist as to whether and how to monitor participants’ posts for safety-related issues that might be unrelated to the study, such as expressions of suicidal intentions. This is a case study during a social media-based study on sleep and activity among freshman undergraduate students, where we by chance noticed that a student was using social media to express suicidal intentions. Although we connected the student to student psychological services in order to receive treatment, we encountered a number of barriers that initially prevented this from occurring, such as institutional review board and regulatory practices related to lack of experience with these newer types of studies. We discuss the implications of this experience for future research.”

Watch us LIVE here:

Sean Young

Sean Young, PhD is Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and the Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT) and UCLA Center for Digital Behavior. Trained as a behavioral and social psychologist, Dr. Young’s research focuses on using technologies and artificial intelligence/big data to change and predict people’s health behaviors. He was the PI of the Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) intervention studies, showing that online communities and technologies that integrate HOPE lead to sustainable health behavior change in areas such as HIV, opioid use, and mental/behavioral health. He co-created a technology platform (healthcheckins.com) being tested among UCLA Health System patients to improve their behavioral and mental health. Dr. Young is the author of the #1 Wall Street Journal Best-Selling book, Stick with It (2017), on the science behind lasting change, published by HarperCollins.

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@LegalLevity, aka Hudson Harris chats #suicide prevention and #tech with #SPSM, 5/27/18, 9pCT.

Hudson Harris, @LegalLevity, chats with #SPSM about all things tech, data governance, and privacy, 5/27/18. You can check out his blog, here.

Watch us LIVE here:

hudson harris

Chief Engagement Officer of Harris Logic, Hudson Harris is a privacy advocate and mental health champion who is driven to improve the availability and effectiveness of mental health services through technology and data. He is an avid writer; national speaker on privacy and information sharing; and a passionate woodworker.

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#SPSM chats #13RW Season 2: Same #suicide scene, new #triggerwarning, new #toolkit. 5/20/18, 9pCT

As 13 Reasons Why launches season 2 (premiere was delayed, due to the most recent school shooting) the suicide prevention community launches a new toolkit and talking points. The series added trigger warnings and resources to each episode (great!) and also replayed the entire graphic suicide scene from season 1 (ugh).

When considered as a TV series, the reviews are rather pointed. According to Vanity Fair:

“As the second season careens toward a conclusion that was already heavily hinted at in the first season finale, it becomes increasingly clear that 13 Reasons Why isn’t about uncovering trauma, but perpetuating provocation. We knew, in all likelihood, that this would happen; so many breakout shows struggle to land their second seasons. But most of those shows aren’t about teen suicide and sexual assault—and while the second season of 13 Reasons Why swears it’s even more aware of its sensitive material, it’s also even more exploitative than the first.”

When we consider the suicide prevention community’s skill with engaging the national conversation connected to 13 Reasons Why, it appears we have leveled up. Last season’s release left us sorting an internal conflict. We want suicide, as a topic, engaged by the media, and at the same time, we don’t want this subject treated irresponsibly or, as Vanity Fair put it, “exploited.” It seems many organizations found their sea legs with 13RW this time around. Let’s talk about that, LIVE:


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#SPSM podcast joins #GeekTherapy network (thanks @JosueACardona), and how @ShaneDawson got us shook this week, 5/12/18, 9pCT.

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned…

We had good reason to believe our plans to convert SPSM chat video into podcasts would be well underway by 5/12/18, and we’d be ready for you to subscribe. Josue Cardona met with the SPSM production team, and we “missed it by that much.” We are still figuring out the process, and will have some podcasts ready for release soon.

Happily, Josue is with us this week to chat about joining the Geek Therapy network, and his thoughts on social media strategy for mental health.

And, who is Shane Dawson? What are we learning about new media from him after his break out videos with Grav3yardgirl this week?

Watch us LIVE here:


Josué is an engineer, therapist, and coach and founder of Geek Therapy, a website and community that celebrates how Geek culture can be used for good. He is currently hosts a few podcasts psychology, mental health, technology, and gaming on the Geek Therapy Network of podcasts. He teaches how to use digital tools for behavior change at Digitally Understood.

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Fitbit, #suicide risk, prevention, and prediction: #SPSM chats 5/6/18, 9pCT.

SPSM chats about passive tracking devices/apps, such as Fitbit, and how that data may be related to detecting/predicting suicide risk, and preventing suicide attempt/death, 9pCT.

Fitbit has been entering the medical device landscape, and for excellent business reasons. Snidely referred to as “Quitbit,” many devices that are soley activity trackers have high abandonment rates. For this reason, Fitbit has chosen mental health as a development area for it’s product as a medical device. what does this mean for suicide prevention?

Questions we’ll be discussing on SPSM:

  • Is activity data alone useful in suicide research and prevention/intervention? If so, how?
  • Given high device abandonment rates, what are strategies for increasing adherence long enough to get valuable data for research and monitoring?
  • And, how such devices be gamified or otherwise enhanced for intervention?

On a related note, did you know that Fitbit data can be donated at OurDataHelps.org? You do now! We’ll chat about this, too, on #SPSM

Chat LIVE here:

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#SPSM chats about The #AASWord, #AAS18, and the impact of “social” in social media, 4/29/18, 9pCT

#SPSM chat about the impact of social media on our “IRL” relationships in suicide prevention, and the power of video to capture this. Watch “The AAS Word,” a love letter of a video by Director Lisa Klein. And please tag all of the #SPSM-ers you see in it. How has this chat changed or shaped your work? Let’s chat, 4/29/18, 9pCT.


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