@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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#SPSM chats #SPSMSummer #movies, 6/19/16, 9pCT

#SPSM chats about our new community project: #SPSMSummer!

And, on our final chat of #SPSM Season 3, we’ll be discussing our Top Ten pick for movies about recovery (plus one bonus series).

But what do MOVIES have to do with social media and suicide prevention? And what is #SPSMSummer? Come blab with us!


A number of social platforms have emerged that let people watch streaming media together, but from different locations (e.g. https://rabb.it/). One lesson #SPSM has learned in the last year is that people who are passionate about suicide prevention enjoy using social media to stay connected. Last year we learned that our #SPSM-ers stayed in close contact throughout our summer and holiday chat programming hiatus. So, we’ll be ending this season by sharing our community’s nominated Top Ten recovery movies. Feel free to watch alone, or reach out to other #SPSM-ers to form watch parties during the hiatus! Discuss your thoughts, and tweet out to #SPSMSummer!

Top 10 #SPSMSummer Movie Picks

-Perks of Being a Wallflower
-Short Term 12
-Silver Linings Playbook
-Skeleton Twins
-Harold and Maude
-Office Space
-Little Miss Sunshine
-Girl, Interrupted
-Wrist Cutters
Bonus Netflix series: Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite”

#SPSMSummer is the hashtag to follow during the regular chat hiatus. Several community members will be producing their own social media content and events using new platforms, new formats, and exploring topics that the community wants, but which have not been well-served by the standard #SPSM programming focus. Follow the hashtag, as well as the #SPSM FB page updates!

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@LifeWIREconect chats with #SPSM about monitoring data “fingerprints,” 6/12/16 9pCT

Howard Rosen returns to #SPSM to chat about updates to LifeWIRE, 6/12/16, 9pCT. LifeWIRE has expanded the functionality of service to incorporate more kinds of health data, and to adapt the way the data is analyzed, to that each individual’s data can be looked at in a more unique, and clinically actionable way. Check out their blog update here.

It may be changes in patterns of behavior, rather than a cumulative quantity of risk, that is more predictive of individual risk. Additionally changes to the product allow people to share and use their data in different ways. Howard Rosen will be discussing these updates on #SPSM, and specifically relating how these updates will enhance the therapeutic experience, and improve the recovery process.

Watch us stream live here:


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Howard Rosen, MBA, D.Phil-c is CEO/Founder ofLifeWIRE® Corp. Howard developed the LifeWIRE patent pending population management communication platform to provide personalized, responsive interactions between parties such as health care providers and patients. A Schulich MBA with over two decades of experience in media and entertainment, Howard had a unique perspective from which to approach the issue of treatment adherence and patient engagement from which LifeWIRE evolved.

Howard is an mHealth thought leader having been named one of the top 100 Innovators of the Next Century (Rockefeller Foundation) and one of the Top 30 mHealth Innovators of by the mHealth Alliance (United Nations Foundation). Howard has written policy for the sector on behalf of the Province of Ontario, regularly represents the Government of Canada on the subject in international symposiums, is an industry reviewer for the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, has addressed the Congressional subcommittee’s on the subject and is a member of the working task force for mHIMSS as well as one of their conference speakers.

In addition, Howard speaks regularly at graduate schools at leading Universities and is presently a doctoral candidate at Oxford in communications and engagement.


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David Putrino @PutrinoLab chats with #SPSM about MindMe, 6/5/16, 9pCT.

David Putrino chats with #SPSM, 6/5/16, 9pCT about the development of the MindMe app, specifically developed to be an app to support the recovery of people with emotional pain and risk of suicide.

Putrino, and developers in his lab, have used social media in the design of the app, as well as social media as a way to broadcast information about the app, and to crowdfund app development and clinical trials.

Watch the #SPSM chat stream LIVE here:



David Putrino is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He has worked clinically in both private practice and hospital environments before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and MIT. He then accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University, designing prostheses for Brain Machine Interface devices. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation at Burke Medical Research Institute. In this position, He works to develop low-cost and accessible healthcare solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility, including a role as a site Principal Investigator for a multi-site, NIH-funded investigation of the role of telemedicine in the rehabilitation of sub-acute stroke survivors. He is the Chair of the Research Committee for the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS), a Westchester county initiative that provides telehealth monitoring up to 750 elderly individuals with chronic conditions. He consults for Red Bull High Performance, using state-of-the-art technology to monitor and enhance athlete performance. He is  also the “Chief Mad Scientist” (Chief Scientific Officer) of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems.


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@DirectChangeCA chats with #SPSM about youth creating #suicide #prevention media, 5/29/16, 9pCT. #EachMindMatters

Stan Collins of the Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest, bring youth film teams to #SPSM to chat with us about their films, 5/29/16, 9pCT. SPSM will learn more about this program, and how it is supporting youth in creating their own mental health and suicide prevention messaging.

“The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. The program offers young people the exciting opportunity to participate in the movement by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. Learning objectives surrounding mental health and suicide prevention are integrated into the submission categories of the film contest, giving young people the opportunity to critically explore these topics. Program participants – whether they are making a film, acting as an adult advisor, or judging the films – are exposed to appropriate messaging about these topics, warning signs, how to appropriately respond to someone in distress, where to seek help, as well as how to stand up for others who are experiencing a mental health challenge. In addition, schools and organizations are offered free prevention programs and educational resources.”

SPSM will be featuring student filmmakers, and chatting with them about their mental health and suicide prevention media projects, and inviting our community to learn from them. You can watch the live stream here:

SPSM will be chatting with these gifted youth filmmakers about their projects:

“The Journey”
Marin County
Redwood High School
Student Names: Benedict Conran, Thomas Hayden Smeltzer, Asha Cummings and Dominique Cruz
Advisor Name: Peter Parish

“Leap of Faith”
Riverside County
Murrieta Valley High School
Student Names: Benjamin Finnie
Advisor Name: Ella Harrison




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@SWModLaura of @Reddit /r/suicidewatch chats with #SPSM, 5/22/16, 9pCT

For the first time ever, #SPSM chat will be featuring an anonymous guest expert. Tune in for an “old fashioned” Twitter chat, 5/22/16, 9pCT. Our guest will be one of the anonymous moderators of Reddit’s /r/suicidewatch.

What is Reddit? Read the wiki on it here. Or better yet, go check it out. Why is our guest expert anonymous? As the moderator of a high traffic social media community for people who are suicidal, it is safer for her and for others that her public identity remain confidential. But, of course, she has done media with others about /r/suicidewatch, and you should check it out.

For a thorough review of Reddit, and the subreddit /r/suicidewatch, read this fabulous Slate article.

SPSM will have the opportunity to do a Q&A with someone who has unique experience moderating one of the largest, longest-standing, and most active peer support social media communities around suicidality that exists today. Reddit, and especially /r/suicidewatch serves a more masculine demographic than is typically reached by traditional suicide prevention campaigns. And the strategies used to moderate /r/suicidewatch are, in some ways, a departure from the traditional methods for helping people in crisis.

The facts are that, increasingly, there will be divergent platforms where people will express thoughts of suicide. And, as a result, divergent strategies and standards of care will be needed. This chat will be a great opportunity to expand our ideas about standards and practices in peer support social media communities.


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#SPSM: What’s in my bag, vlogging tool kit review, 5/15/16, 9pCT

SPSM-ers will be chatting about their social media tool kits for conferences, travel, and day to day vlogging, 5/15/16, 9pCT. This show concept was pitched by #SPSM-ers, many of whom are road testing their social media skills and wanting to know how to prepare and pack for conferences and travel. Watch it LIVE here:

This chat is based on a popular social media video convention, the “What in my bag” video format. @DocForeman will go through the items she keeps in her bag for social media, give mini-reviews on what she uses, with commentary from Bart Andrews and Tony Wood.

@DocForeman will discuss:

  • Bag choices, past and present, and how they affected equipment choices and travel.
  • Laptop, phone, and cable choices
  • Device storage choices
  • Portable battery choices
  • Microphone choices
  • Lighting choices
  • Data storage choices
  • Props, accessories, and other incidentals
  • Camera-ready make-up, hair, and wardrobe items she always carries (and why)

Add to the fun, and be prepared to tweet out pics of YOUR bag, and play along. What’s in your social media bag?


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