#School #SocialMedia #Surveillance and #Suicide #Prevention, #SPSM chats 10/8/17, 9pCT.

Dr. Jonathan Singer joins #SPSM, Sunday 10/8/17, 9pCT to discuss school use of social media monitoring products in order to prevent suicide, and manage other issues related to student safety. Are we spying on kids, or is this just taking public information and using it for our students’ well-being?

Products like Snaptrends, or Digital Fly can be purchased by schools to provide monitoring of students’ public social media. User agreements and privacy disclosures vary, the ethics of this practice are unclear, and the legal precedents related to this are scant, if arguably nonexistent.

Watch a discussion about this topic with our #SPSM expert on “Suicide in Schools,” Dr. Jonathan Singer LIVE here:


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#Parenting and #suicide prevention digital natives in an era of new media, #SPSM chat, 10/1/17, 9pCT #mhsm

#SPSM  about parenting anxieties, strategies, and solutions to use with digital natives being raised in an era of social media.

Parents often have one of two reactions to managing new media when they feel worried about suicide, bullying, and emotional distress: Helplessness and avoidance, or desire to completely “shut it down.” What strategies and solutions can parents use to help digital native manage their technology and new media effectively?

This is an interesting article.

Watch us LIVE here:

And watch this great TedX:

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@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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