This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres) and Hudson Harris (@MentalStrategy) discuss the topic “The State of Suicidology” with guests Dr. April Foreman (@docforeman), Dr. Bart Andrews (@BartAndrews), Tony Wood (@adwww), and Chris Maxwell (@chrsmxwll) AKA “THE OG #SPSM Crew.”
Watch as we discuss issues such as:
What do you feel like your role is a suicidologist?
What are some topics that don’t get enough attention at suicide prevention conferences/events?
What are some aspects/approaches of suicidology that need to change immediately?
SPSM Chat is co-hosted by Rudy Caseres, Joelle Marie, Marie Shanley, Danielle Glick, and Hudson Harris. We stream live (as well as host a Twitter chat) every Sunday evening at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Each week we have a new expert guest to discuss the most important issues in the world of suicide prevention. All past episodes can be viewed on our YouTube channel and at SPSMchat.com. We are also on Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, and Mixer.
***Content warning: SPSM Chat includes content about suicide and other experiences that may be traumatizing to you. You may experience strong or overwhelming emotions as a result. If you find yourself in distress or crisis, we encourage you to seek out support that works for you. Many people find it helpful to talk to a friend, family member, or someone else they trust.
If you would like formal crisis support, you can call National Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 800-273-8255, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can text HOME to 741741 to get to Crisis Text Line, or you can try Lifeline Crisis Chat.
If you’d like to talk to a peer, warmline.org contains links to warmlines in the United States. If you’re not in the U.S., you can go to iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres for a connection to crisis centers around the world.
Many of these resources could utilize restrictive interventions, like active rescues (wellness or welfare checks) involving law enforcement or emergency services. A warmline is least likely to do this, but still might have these policies. You can ask if this is a possibility at any point in your conversation if this is a concern for you.
The following do not implement any restrictive interventions for people considering suicide:
Peerly Human online support groups: peerlyhuman.blogspot.com
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada)