#SPSMCooks on #SPSM chat, 5/21/17, 9pCT

Tony Wood moderates #SPSMCooks 9pCT, with @DocForeman, @BartAndrews and @ChrsMxwll chatting about recent @AASuicidology media efforts and outcomes.

How did Chris Maxwell, Dese’Rae Stage, and AAS volunteers use basic media strategies to impact national conversation about suicide in only a few weeks?

And how does @DocForeman make her trademark chocolate chip cookies?

Watch us LIVE, and join us in your own kitchen, making late night nosh on #SPSM!

If you want to bake along with @DocForeman, here are the things you will need to make her infamous chocolate chip cookies:

  • 2 1/4 c unsifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c shortening
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 3/4 brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package dark chocolate chips


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Elaine Frank of #MeansMatter chats with #SPSM about #suicide prevention messaging with #gunshop owners, 5/14/17, 9pCT *trigger warning, literally*

Elaine Frank joins #SPSM, 5/14/17, 9pCT, to chat about guns, suicide, and collaborations with gun owners to reduce suicide rates especially among men in the middle years, the largest demographic for suicide deaths, which are mostly due to firearms.

Read more about #MeansMatter (and link to a bunch of great resources). Also, this is a pretty great resource. And this is a pretty good blog post. And watch about this topic on CNN here:

Take a great (FREE) training on CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) course online.

You can watch the chat LIVE here. Literal trigger warning: @DocForeman will be discussing gun culture competence, and will be demonstrating installation of a gun lock live.


Elaine Frank

Elaine Frank is the Program Director of the Center on Access to Lethal Means (CALM). Prior to her retirement, she directed the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth. For the past ten years, her efforts have been largely focused on Lethal Means Reduction as an essential element of a larger suicide prevention strategy. Elaine is the co-developer of CALM – Counseling on Access to Lethal Means – a training program on why and how to address lethal means reduction in a collaborative manner. In addition, she has led the development and dissemination of the Gun Shop Project which engages the firearm community in suicide prevention efforts.

Elaine holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where she was introduced to the public health approach to addressing complex social issues.

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#SPSM chats about #13RW with #DirectingChange filmmaker alums, 5/7/17, 9pCT

#SPSM chats about “Thirteen Reasons Why” with early career filmmakers who are #DirectingChange alum, Sunday 5/7/17, 9pCT.

As the #SPSM production team reflected on the nation wide coverage of #13RW, and thought though complex and sometimes conflictual reactions to this Netflix series, we realized it was important to hear from people at the heart of this issue: Youth who are the target audience, and also content producers with education about mental health and suicide related messaging.

For this, we turned to alum from #DirectingChange, who have experience creating compelling media about mental health that is also responsible and informed. Nick Jackson’s (@NickH_Jackson) film portfolio can be viewed here. You can also watch “Naivete,” “Viral,” and “Butterfield Road.” Read more about Emma Spiekerman’s (@EmSpiekerman) advocacy work here, and please watch her film “More Than A Mental Illness.”

Watch SPSM with Nick and Emma LIVE here:

Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson is an 18-year-old film student from Orange, CA. After spending 3 years in the FilmEd* Academy of the Arts program in high school, he now attends Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA.

Emma Spiekerman

Emma Spiekerman is a writer and photographer from Santa Rosa, California. She recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Journalism. She won second place statewide for her PSA, “More Than a Mental Illness,” in the 2013 Directing Change Contest, and also received an award from Art With Impact for the film. During college, Emma proposed and helped organize a Mental Health Dialogue Week with LMU’s Active Minds. In addition, she facilitated presentations about mental health as a Wellness Educator through campus Student Psychological Services. She completed her journalism thesis on sexual assault on college campuses, and continues to write about activism, the arts, and local issues.

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#OpenMic Night at #SPSM, 4/30/17, 9pCT: #AAS17 #13RW, and anything #Suicide #Prevention

It’s #OpenMic Night at #SPSM, 4/30/17, 9pCT

It’s the time of year when many #SPSM-ers, weary from a week of travel, speaking, meetings, and #epicpartying at #AAS17 make their way home.

We’ve learned better than to schedule a guest. We have too much to talk about, and many of our community will be in transit.

Join us for an old-school #TwitterChat, following the #SPSM hashtag. Maybe you’ll want to talk about #AAS17, or #13RW, or #STown. Maybe you’ll share pizza recipes. Maybe you’ll post #CatsofSPSM pics. Or, maybe you’ll bust out an idea we haven’t covered but SHOULD HAVE. We look forward to seeing you there!

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@LisaSul chats with #SPSM about #Futurology and #Suicide #Prevention, 4/23/17, 9pCT

Lisa Sullivan chats with #SPSM about the role that futurology could play in suicide prevention efforts, 4/23/17, 9pCT.

Watch us LIVE here:

As Wayne Gretsky said (and Steve Jobs and practically everyone else in the tech industry likes to quote: ” “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”  Future studies is a disciple that tries to apply past and present patterns in human society to help us imagine ways that the world might change (or not) in the emerging and also distant future. It’s probably not well known that @DocForeman and Tony Wood were applying future studies techniques as early 2007 in order to strategize about the challenges in mental health and the opportunities for change and innovation in this field. In fact, in many ways this is how SPSM emerged, as a careful and strategic consideration of how to meet needs in mental health using breakthrough technology and science.

Lisa Sullivan, active member of the #SPSM community shared that she has a prior background in future studies and offered to lead an #SPSM chat that introduced futurology and helped our community apply some of these ideas to suicide prevention. We hope you’ll watch us LIVE and be ready to tweet out your ideas and thoughts on some of her notes:

  • The role of imaging in creating the best possible future:
    • Imaging is a vital tool for the creating the potential future. From a futures perspective, people who suffer trauma perceive their “best future” has already happened….in the past. How do we create a positive image of the future to grow into when there’s been trauma.  What futures tools are available to help that process (scenarios, sci-fi etc).
  • The Bucky Fuller Dymaxion Map:  Maybe we are thinking about the problem domain all wrong? https://www.bfi.org/about-fuller/big-ideas/dymaxion-world/dymaxion-map.  I use this concept frequently in my strategy practice.  A while back, in working with a global energy company, we used it to reconfigure operations and locations of their regional offices. By thinking about the physical shape of our world differently, they were able to get different outcomes.  How can we look at a Dymaxion Map of a social construct like suicide prevention in a similar way?
    • What if we “flattened” suicide prevention like Fuller did with the Dymaxion Map?  Is there an analogy here for mental health?
  • The Concept of the Seven Tomorrows
    • This work immediately came to my mind when discussing why music, TV shows,  especially “throw backs” like Dr. Who that are long running or revitalized for current times.  Hawken, Ogilvy, and Schwartz designed seven scenarios that the propose underlie forecasting and futures.  Each of these ( The Official Future, Mature Calm, The Center Holds, Apocalyptic Transformation, Chronic Breakdown, Living Within Our Means,  Beginnings of Sorrow) hold different implications for social systems and social transformations.   Might it also inform suicide prevention?  For instance, during times of throw-back music or television series, that is often indicative of the “Chronic Breakdown” scenario structure.  Can we amplify our suicide prevention approaches by matching it to the current societal framework using a model like this? Is there a piece here that can correlate social structure to corresponding resiliency tools?
  • How Buildings Learn  – Stewart Brand’s work
    • This fascinates me because I believe there’s an anchor that correlates building structures to social structures.  Social systems (like government agencies, for instance) are constructed in advance of actual use of these systems, much like buildings.  However, over time, buildings evolve based on how people who “live” in these buildings use the space.  Oftentimes, our social structures are less flexible and antiquated than our physical structures.   So:  imagine an architect has constructed a building. The architect decides where to put the sidewalks.  (Just like our social structures decide how and where people get mental health care).  Over time and organically, often a pathway is worn into the grass connecting two buildings.  It’s easy to see it’s the shortest path, but when the architect designed it, this shorter pathway wasn’t visible.   Is that true for suicide prevention and intervention?  What is the most efficient and effective path?  What are we learning from our systems feedback mechanisms.
  • There is no “one” future.  How can that philosophy be applied to suicide prevention while still maintaining efficient use of such limited resources?
    • Rather than searching for the perfect answer, how can we better enable a scenario-based model that takes a little bit of each scenario and creates a strategy that works for the majority of the potential situations?
  • The Futures Mantra:  It’s better to be approximately right than precisely wrong
    • Lots of things to tie into this, but when we are focusing more and more on data and precision…..is there a balance we should be striving for between approximation and precision in suicide prevention?


Through her work with @StopTXSuicides, Lisa Sullivan works closely with Texas Suicide Prevention Council, co-coordinating a variety of tasks for this vital community resource for Texas suicide prevention. This network of over 60 local, regional, and statewide partners and coalitions serve to collectively implement the Texas State Suicide Prevention Plan.

Her suicide prevention responsibilities include a wide range of social media, training, app management, program development, and other management activities.  Of particular note, Lisa has coordinated the @StopTXSuicides #TxSP Symposium for five years, bringing together national, state, and local thought leaders, experts, and advocates to elevate and improve suicide prevention initiatives through community partners, education institutions, mental health providers, military and veteran service providers, and others. Widely recognized as a leader in suicide prevention training, education, and development, the #TxSP Symposiums regularly attract audiences in the 800+ range and garner over 10 million social media impressions throughout Texas and beyond.

Lisa also serves as the primary point of contact for the Council’s work in the areas veteran and military initiatives and works to ensure the Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Plan and the VA Suicide Prevention Plan, are incorporated into the community suicide prevention framework within the Texas State Suicide Prevention Plan.

As President of INFUSE Corporation, Lisa has designed and executed a broad range of futures research and strategy projects for clients including: Fortune 100 organizations, industry associations, research consortia and state government. She has been affiliated with the Software Engineering Professional Education Center and the Research Institute for Computing and Information Sciences at the University of Houston. Lisa served as a planning contractor with NASA-Johnson Space Center. She was formerly a senior associate and futurist with Technology Futures, Inc., and has authored or co-authored more than 20 studies on the future in areas such as: aerospace, information technologies, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, consumer values and lifestyles and education.

Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College and a Masters of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

In addition to her academic degrees, Lisa also holds the following credentials: Certified ASIST Military Trainer, Certified ASK Trainer, Certified Working Minds Trainer, CALM First Responders, FEMA IS-100.b, FEMA IS-200.b and IS-700.a

Lisa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Austin Council of the Navy League; chaired the Eanes ISD School Health Advisory Committee; is member of the World Futures Studies Federation; and a Founding Member of the Association for Professional Futurists.  Her volunteer work has also included the TeenCERT Program, United States Sea Cadet Corps and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Joanna Sleigh, Mike Conway chat with #SPSM about #SoMe #data #access and #ethics, 4/16/17, 9pCT

Joanna Sleigh joins SPSM, with Mike Conway, to discuss the issues related to social media data access and ethics, 4/16/17, 9pCT.

Conway recommends we check out this paper (which includes SPSM alum Glen Coppersmith as co-author).

We’ll be discussing ideas from SPSM alum.

From Dr. Jonathan Singer:

  • “Traditional research has long recognized that response rate can be a strength or limitation to the research. If I sent a survey to 2000 people and only 200 responded I would have to say that the response rate was 10% and that this was a limitation of the research. If you know something about your sample then you can say something about the people who did not respond. This can help interpret results. Social media doesn’t provide a sample size, so response rate is impossible to establish.
  • “If we want to target select groups on SoMe we can do snowball samples (e.g. send out a link to a group of people and ask them to share it with similar folks). Alternately if we pay Facebook (for example) to reach out to a demographic then our sample will be limited to the FB users who fit the marketing profile, which can further bias our sample.
  • “These comments suggest the following questions:
    1. What are the strengths and limitations of using publicly accessible SoMe data for suicide prevention research?
    2. If we want to recruit a more nuanced sample are traditional survey / data collection methods sufficient or do we need new methodologies?
    3. If we recruit participants using FB, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or other for-profit sources how might that change our findings?”

From  Dr. Philip Resnik:

“Ethical issues in data analytics in general and NLP in particular are becoming a hot topic. Worth giving a shout out to the first workshop in Ethics in NLP,  http://ethicsinnlp.org/, coming up April 4, among whose organizers is Meg Mitchell, who was one of the three co-founders of the ACL workshops in Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology.  Glen and two colleagues have a paper there on ethical protocols for social media health research.
“In terms of design issues, one of the biggest nuts to crack is what we data-driven folks call “ground truth” — without at least some of it you can’t evaluate your predictive models, and without decent quantities of it you can’t train them.  I’ve railed for years about HIPAA having been designed with a huge blind spot when it comes to research uses, as you know; I’ve also given up on there being a way to solve that problem in HIPAA — right now my money is on data donation as the right solution.  That doesn’t solve every problem but it’s a big start.
“Also related to ground truth, one of the challenges I’ve discovered recently has to do with good definitions of “positive” when we’re talking about assessing suicide risk. As you will recall, I was rather shocked a couple of months ago to discover that I have stumbled into doing original research on assessment of suicidality from language samples, having thought I was simply going to be applying existing work that’s already been well established.”

Watch us LIVE here:


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@JosueACardona of @GeekTherapy chats #DrWho with #SPSM, 4/9/17, 9pCT

Dr. Josue Cardona, producer of the Geek Therapy podcast, joins #SPSM to chat about suicide related themes in Dr. Who, Sunday 4/9/17, 9pCT. Podcasts, especially about mental health, are increasingly popular mediums, and we’re going to chat about that, too.

Why this week? Click here.

Watch #SPSM 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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