@KHoney and @DavidDMaron chat with #SPSM about the National Day of Civic Hacking, 9/24/17, 9pCT #HackForChange #NDOCH

Dr. Kristen Honey and Dr. David Maron join #SPSM to chat about innovation at the National Day of Civic Hacking at Johns Hopkins Sibley Center of Innovation, 9/24/17, 9pCT.

Watch us LIVE here:

On 9/23/17 dozens of volunteers showed up at the Sibley Center of Innovation to hack data solutions for things like disaster management, the opiate crisis, Lyme disease, and *suicide prevention*.

You can follow what happened using #HackForChange, featuring events in many locations, or see what happened at this event by watching the live stream:

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Dr. Kristen Honey is a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House, Office of Management and Budget, in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio in previous roles at the Office of Science and Technology included open data, My Data (e.g., Blue Button My Data health IT interoperability, Green Button My Data energy), and data-driven innovations for invisible illness, mental health, and the President’s policy priorities. Kristen was a 2013-2015 AAAS S&TP Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at U.S. Department of Energy EERE Strategic Programs. Prior employers include NOAA Fisheries, USGS, CALFED, Environmental Defense Fund, the private consulting firm Eastern Research Group, and her own co-founded technology start-up company.

She is originally from Portland, Maine, and the small island community of Long Island, Maine. Kristen holds a Stanford University PhD in Environment & Resources, which focused on ecology, while simultaneously earning a PhD Minor in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her Masters degree in Environmental Studies is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Human Biology with Honors.

Kristen brings unique experience and passion for synthesizing science and applying it to real-world policy and management challenges. She gravitates to “wicked problems”: public health, Lyme disease, invisible illness, ecosystem resilience, energy security, climate change, and transforming scientific methods through open data, open source, and open science. Across these diverse topics and experiences, one common denominator is addressing real-world challenges through a problem-solving lens of complex, adaptive systems and open science. Irrespective of context, Kristen is a problem solver with deep desire for pragmatic, sustainable, and long-term solutions that make a difference on the ground and in people’s lives.

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Dr. David Maron is a biostatistician who is passionate about using big data to eliminate the blight of suicide in communities across the world. He is known for leading VASPI, the release of the first open synthetic clinical data set about suicide, and helping to connect people driven to do good.




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@Jedi_Counsel chats with #SPSM about #RickandMorty #suicide themes, 9/17/17, 9pCT

The Jedi Counsel Podcast joins #SPSM to chat about suicide and mental health themes on Rick and Morty, 9/17/17, 9pCT.

Check out their 3 part series on Rick and Morty here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Watch us LIVE here:


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According Dr. Katie Gordon:

“We started Jedi Counsel as a way to discuss mental health by engaging people in topics they care about – mostly geeky stuff that we like, such as Star Wars & comics. However, we ended up expanding to include a range of fictional characters. Our website has fake psychological report blog posts on characters ranging from the Big Lebowski to Dwight Schrute to Jessica Jones. Our goal is try to hook people in with stuff they care about and then provide them with accurate, evidence-based information about mental health. We also do ~weekly podcasts.

“We’ve recently covered 2 topics on our podcast that may be a good fit for SPSM: 1) suicidal behavior depicted in the movie, Logan, through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide and 2) a series of podcasts discussing the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. We’ve recorded 2 so far, and will probably have 2 or so more on the series. Would either or both of these topics be a reasonable fit for an #SPSM show? If you have other ideas in mind, we’d love to hear them!

“This is our website: https://jedicounsel.com/.

“This is our podcast episode on Logan: https://jedicounselpodcast.podbean.com/e/jedicounsel-podcast-35-suicidal-ideation-and-logan/?token=5f875ee8c8dbba48d25e8a34dfff31e5

“This is our first podcast episode on 13 Reasons Why: https://jedicounselpodcast.podbean.com/e/the-depiction-of-suicide-in-13-reasons-why-part-1/ and a post with some of our thoughts on it: https://kgordonlab.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/13-thoughts-on-13-reasons-why/.”

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#SPSM chats about the #BlueWhaleGame, and other #suicide #urbanlegends, 9/10/17, 9pCT

SPSM chats about the “Blue Whale Challenge” and other suicide related urban legends, Sunday, 9/10/17, 9pCT. Read the press release from the American Association of Suicidology here.

Urban legends about suicide are nothing new. And, in the era of social media, our urban legends about suicide have morphed to a new medium (warning, this is NOT recommended reporting on suicide, and if you feel vulnerable, don’t click on this). In fact, you can find a LOT of debunked urban legends about suicide in one place…

Much like Dungeons and Dragons in the 1980s, angst about social media and suicide appear to be a predictable societal reaction to social activities adopted by and driven by the young.

Watch #SPSM chat about this LIVE here:

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@MHNRNetwork, Kris Walker chats with #SPSM about “Mental Health News Radio” 9/3/17, 9pCT.

Kris Walker joins #SPSM to chat about about “Mental Health News Radio”  her popular podcast channel, 9/3/17, 9pCT.
If 2016 was the year of the livestream, then 2017 is the year of the podcast. Our #SPSM crew realized we had to talk about this trend when we realized we were talking about our favorite podcasts nearly every day.
Want a podcast to listen to over Labor Day Weekend? Kris recommends you try one of these off of her top ten list:
And of course, there is our #SPSM alum, Dr. Jonathan Singer’s “The Social Work Podcast,” which features some of our favorite people. Check it out here.
Watch us LIVE here:
Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of a behavioral health technology consulting firm, everythingEHR. She advises mental health agencies on electronic health record technology. She is also the host of the popular podcast Mental Health News Radio which is downloaded in over 170 countries. No topics are off limits when it comes to Mental Health. In February of 2017 she formed Mental Health News Radio Network with the goal of launching and producing up to five new podcasts to cover areas in mental health such as Technology, Addiction and Recovery, Spirituality, Prison systems, First Responders, Music and the Creative Arts, Social Media, and Sports. As of August of 2017 she already has 15 new podcasts in production with another 15 joining this year. In her spare time she volunteers in mental health agencies with her therapy dog Myles.
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Alyse Ruriani @esylarur chats with #SPSM about the impact of design on our media, 8/27/17, 9pCT

Alyse Ruriani joins #SPSM to discuss the impact of design on mental health media, 8/27/17, 9pCT. You might know this Active Minds Emerging Scholar from her posts on The Mighty. Or maybe you backed her KickStarter. So, watch her LIVE on #SPSM chat here, and consider the state of design consciousness in suicide prevention (and what might be possible) at 9pCT:


Alyse Ruriani is an artist, designer, and mental health advocate.  She works as a freelance designer and hand-lettering artist for a variety of clients.  In May 2017, Alyse received her BFA in Graphic Design, with a minor in Culture & Politics and a concentration in Book Arts, from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.  She enjoys taking graphic design beyond the screen and often translates it into her personal artwork through multidisciplinary media, such as fiber and installation art. Alyse is also studying for her masters degree in Art Therapy & Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her clinical interests include suicide prevention, mood disorders, adolescent mental health, eating disorders, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, among other topics. Alyse aims to combine her passion for art, design, and mental health through her professions as a practicing artist/designer and as an advocate/future clinician. The relationship between art and healing is one that drives Alyse to continue to research and create ways to bridge these topics.

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@KateNieder chats with #SPSM about #bots, #suicide, and #SXSW, 8/20/17, 9pCT


Hard to believe that #SPSMSummer is winding down, and SEASON FIVE is launching!

Dr. Kate Niederhoffer joins #SPSM, Sunday 8/20/17, 9pCT to chat about BOTS! Why are bots trending? How can they be responsibly used in suicide prevention? Should they be?

Dr. Niederhoffer also is joining forces with #SPSM alum Dr. Glen Coppersmith and Dr. Glen Moriarty for an #SXSW panel proposal on this topic. You can vote for “Robot Freud” here.

“Every night we dream and every day shit happens. We often want to discuss these things with people, but not always psychotherapists. Sometimes regular humans are best; text messaging and bots may be even better. But can we trust a machine to our mental health? This panel discusses the strengths and weaknesses of AI applied to previously human territory, the ethical conundrums and potential efficacy of a machine “knowing” when/how to help us with our mental health.”

Watch us LIVE here:

Check out Dr. Niederhoffer in action here:


Kate Niederhoffer, Ph.D., founder of Circadia Labs, co-founder of Sooth, and faculty at University of Texas, Austin has this to say about herself: Fluent in business and academic psychology; attempting to bridge the two worlds. I’m frustrated by the lack of awareness of hyper-relevant psychological research in business– beyond what’s on best seller lists. I’m passionate about generating more and deeper awareness of said relevant research (think: motivations, biases, perceptions in your customers’ behavior and usage) and deriving custom, action-oriented implications.

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#VideoGames #SocialMedia and #Suicide: #SPSM chats 6/4/17, 9pCT

Chris Maxwell leads an #SPSM chat based on his team’s groundbreaking 2017 #SXSW panel on how #suicide can be addressed in video games, 6/4/17, 9pct.

Here’s a great video about this panel at #AAS17:

Yeah, we know this panel happened a few weeks back…we had originally planned this episode for earlier in the spring, and had to change up the schedule to cover topics that were dominating the national conversation on suicide. But we’re ending #SPSM Season 4 with this cool content: Read more:

Pokemon Go preventing suicides in Japan

Integrating gaming into personalized therapy

Interactive story telling

Gaming and social connectedness

Mental health benefits of gaming

The relationship between gaming and acquired capability and More on that

Call of Duty and suicide

We are super lucky that our production team is flexible, and that we’re able to bring this discussion to you this weekend, LIVE here:

And, don’t forget to follow #SPSMSummer fo more content during our production hiatus!


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