SPSM Chat is proud to introduce to the world our new live show co-hosts Carly Larson and Dr. Joel Schwartz. Both Carly and Joel will join us this Sunday 6pm PDT when our guest will be Marianglelo Abeo, founder of Faces of Fortitude. You can learn more about Joel and Carly and their respective work experience from their bios listed below. We hope you’ll warmly embrace them as you have the rest of the SPSM Chat team. See you all Sunday!
JOEL SCHWARTZ, PsyD.
Dr. Joel Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist with Total Spectrum Counseling in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. He specializes in therapy and testing for the misunderstood. As a therapist, he is warm, compassionate, and strongly humanistic, allowing for all the oddities and unexplored aspects of his clients to emerge and be validated. As a testing psychologist, Dr. Schwartz specializes in difficult and complex cases. Dr. Schwartz is currently building a consulting business specializing in educating about and working with neurodiversity across the world.
Dr. Schwartz grew up in Southern California. He developed an early interest in psychology, strangely enough, from a childhood filled with science fiction and horror stories. These stories often provided fascinating looks into human psychology and the human spirit. Dr. Schwartz attended UCLA as an undergrad where he conducted research in the field of neurolinguistics. From there, he attended Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf School of Clinical Psychology for his Master’s and Doctorate degree. He has worked in various settings including colleges, clinics, a federal prison, and residential treatment centers. Through his experience with a vast array of individuals he has stuck with one important lesson among many; as the psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan said, “We are all more human than otherwise.”
Carly Larson (she/her/hers) is a non-abstinent person in recovery, certified peer support specialist, suicide attempt survivor, and drug decriminalization and legalization enthusiast who is currently involved in her state’s initiatives to rectify the challenges brought on by the poisoned drug supply and overdose crisis.
SPSM Chat is co-hosted by Rudy Caseres, Joelle Marie, Carly Larson, Dr. Joel Schwartz, 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)