Mariangela Abeo (@MariangelaAbeo) Chats Faces of Fortitude and Giving A Voice to Suicide Survivors with #SPSM. August 18th, 2019. 9pm ET.

SPSM 8-18-19 Announcement

This week on SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Danielle Glick (@danielleglick), and Hudson Harris (@mentalstrategy) discuss giving a voice to suicide survivors with guest Mariangela Abeo (@MariangelaAbeo). Mariangela is a photographer and creator of the Faces of Fortitude movement. This project lays a foundation of healing through captured portraits of those personally affected by attempted or completed suicide, and provides a safe, stigma-free space for mental health to be discussed, and stories of loss and survival to be shared. Mariangela did not hold back during our discussion which covered the importance of safe spaces, responsible storytelling, diversity, the use of trigger warnings, and different ways to express ourselves. And piggies!!!

You can learn more about Mariangela Abeo and her work at You can see all the portraits on Instagram. You can also support the movement on Patreon.




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Chrissie Hodges (@PureOChrissie) chats #OCD and #Suicide Risk with #SPSM. August 11th, 2019. 9pm ET.

SPSM 8-11-19 Announcement

This week on SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Marie Shanley (@mxiety), and Joelle Marie Nourse (@LazTheLazTheLaz) discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and suicide risk with guest Chrissie Hodges (@PureOChrissie). Chrissie is one of the most fearless OCD advocates I know because she speaks publicly on some of the more extreme symptoms of “Pure O” OCD such as fear of being homosexual, transgender, a pedophile, and, yes, suicidal. Watch as we discuss how to combat misrepresentations of OCD in the media, why people who have OCD are at such a high risk for suicide, and how to best support someone who has OCD and has reached a crisis point.

You can learn more about Chrissie Hodges and her work at Her memoir PURE OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be purchased on Amazon here.


“Although 70% of the respondents chose medications combined with behavioral therapy as the most preferred mode of treatment, only 7.7% reported that they were proficient in exposure and response prevention.”
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Chrissie Hodges

Chrissie Hodges is a mental health advocate and public speaker on obsessive-compulsive disorder, mental illness, and stigma reduction surrounding mental health. She is the author of ‘Pure OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’. Chrissie works with individuals providing peer support and consultations for referrals and resources for OCD treatment. She provides Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy coaching for individuals in treatment at Effective OCD Treatment. Chrissie sits on the Colorado Advisory Board for Mental Health Standards and Regulations. She is a commissioner on the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission. Chrissie is an American Ambassador for The Shaw Mind Foundation based in the United Kingdom. She is a Crisis Intervention Team presenter for the Denver Sheriff Department. Chrissie was the recipient of the 2017 ‘Advocacy Hero Award’ by the International OCD Foundation.

Chrissie blogs at ‘Battling the OCD Demon’ and is a professional contributor for ‘Mental Health on The Mighty’. She is especially known for her brutally honest, yet entertaining YouTube vlogs about Pure OCD.

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Meet The New #SPSM Chat Team! August 4th, 2019. 6pm PDT.

Meet new SPSMchat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Danielle Glick (@DanielleGlick), Hudson Harris (@MentalStrategy), Joelle Marie Nourse (@LazTheLazTheLaz), and Marie Shanley (@Mxiety) and learn what to expect in the coming weeks. All five co-hosts have diverse backgrounds and identities so they each have something unique to the bring to the table. The traditional SPSM Chat format will largely stay the same with the exception of the SPSM livestream now being embedded directly on the @SPSMchat Twitter page.

A replay of the recording from the SPSM Chat YouTube page is embedded below.

You can view this week’s Wakelet featuring curated #SPSM chat tweets here:



As per @StopTXSuicides‘ request:

Autism/Suicide Resources

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

ASAN’s online resource library section covers a range of subjects.

Pp.15-17 in their .pdf titled Autism and Safety Toolkit: Safety Tips for Self-Advocates has a section specifically written about suicide. It contains information and suggestions regarding planning for crisis, where and how to seek support, and acknowledges that autistics can be at risk in certain situations or may not be helped by those who do not have appropriate training.

Crisis Supports for the Autism Community

American Association of Suicidology and Common Ground developed a Crisis Toolkit to help give hotline workers some guidance in assisting those who may be autistic.

Autistic Women & Non-Binary Network

AWN actively collaborates with several disability, gender, justice, research, and related progressive causes and/or organizations. Additionally, our team works to advocate for our community and educate the public via presentations, workshops, trainings, articles, and statements.

Autistic community on Twitter:

#actuallyautistic #askingautistics



SPSM 3.0 Announcement

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@RobertVore & @MarshMan503 discuss The Intersection of Suicide, Mental & Emotional Wellness and Faith



The Intersection of Suicide, Mental &

Emotional Wellness and Faith.

9:00 pm EDT on Twitter @spsmchat with simultaneous live streaming on YouTube


June 30 Chat

Last night I had a few friends over for what we refer to as our “catch up for the week” informal gathering with some pizza and salad. I chatted about an upcoming press conference scheduled for July 15th to spotlight our peer to peer projects that have received some generous funding to expand locally (Bristol County MA).

As I typically do, there was an outline of the upcoming event on an easel pad in the corner with lists of people & organizations to be invited. I mentioned that it’s important that we focus on the triage intersection of other public health concerns with suicide, for example, problem gambling, alcohol and drug issues, domestic violence, etc. as well as local officials, educators, and supporters.

I noted something drift across one person’s face.


Well, I think there’s someone missing,” he said. “Where’s the faith based piece?”

A bit lamely, I noted the there was a “Rev” in front of one person’s name. No quite what he meant.

So, where does the faith-based community fit into not just suicide prevention but improving the quality of life for those impacted in any way by suicide?

That’s what our guests will talk about Sunday, June 30th, on the SPSMCHAT 2.0 Reboot.


Robert Vore


Robert Vore, MS, APC, NCC, CCATP

Robert Vore is an Atlanta-area therapist with a particular focus in adolescents & young adults. He’s also a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor for groups of any size and offers trainings & consultations to churches, ministries, & other groups on topics related to faith & mental health.

He’s worked in various ministries & non-profits settings, advocates for betting mental health awareness in faith communities, and hosts CXMH, a podcast on those same topics.

CXMH is a podcast at the intersection of faith & mental health, hosted by Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler. They bring together faith leaders with mental health professionals for honest conversations.


Marshall Taylor

Marshall Taylor is a recent graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. He has been participating in #SPSMCHAT since his senior year of high school (’14-’15) and has been a member of AAS since 2015.

He will begin attending Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia in the Fall where he will be pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree. He wrote his Capstone paper on Suicide in the Bible and the Early Church which he plans to present in some form at #AAS20.


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PAIN IN THE NATION: Millennial crisis with alcohol, drugs, suicide & resources for suicide loss survivors

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Join us on Twitter, Sunday, June 23rd, 9:00 pm EDT, at @spsmchat for a discussion on two related topics:


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(1) PAIN IN THE NATION: Building a National Resilience Strategy: Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation — a Devastating Impact

Link to report:

108%  increase in drug related deaths, 2007 – 2017, 18 to 34 year olds

69%  increase in alcohol induced deaths, 2007 – 2017,   18 to 34 year olds

35% increase in suicide deaths, 2007 – 2017, 18 to 34 year olds


(2) Top 3 books to recommend to suicide loss survivors – and why those books?


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#psychoeducation #risingnumbers (among Black youth) #faithbasedsupport #psychologicalsupportgroups & More

#psychoeducation #socialsupport #psychologicalsupportgroups #peertopeer #risingnumbers (among Black youth) #faithbasedsupport (and suicide prevention)

June 16, 2019

Concerns on social media this week




Did you see reports/articles/commentary on any of these thought-provoking subjects? Links to some are below and we will be Tweeting/chatting about them. Please join the conversation and share your experiences, concerns, suggestion on one or all topics.

Rising numbers of suicides among Black youth under 13

A Friends-and-Family Intervention for Preventing Teen Suicide

Researchers are focusing new attention on boosting social connectedness for teens following hospitalization for suicide attempts or ideations.

War, depression, suicide: American veterans are finding help

How Religious Belief Can Affect Health

One scientist used brain scans of rabbis to inform his research

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Suicide prevention and the need to bring mental health to the forefront of communities of color.

This is the link to the YouTube Live Streaming


Suicide prevention and the need to bring mental health to the forefront of communities of color.

@JudgeWren and @1of2vics

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On Sunday, February 10, 2019. Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren joined the SPSMCHAT 2.0 Reboot! to discuss “Judges as Champions for Suicide Prevention.” Among the topics covered were:

  • A Problem-Solving court?
  • How does prejudicial judgement (stigma) impact the work of the courts?
  • What is Therapeutic Jurisprudence?
  • How do judges become #Champions4SuicidePrevention?
  • And Judge Wren’s vision for mental health & social justice in America?

Well, court is back in session! And we have Victor Armstrong in the house also.

As we build upon our prior chat about suicide prevention in US Jails & Prisons, tonight we will focus on recent data about alarming rise of deaths by suicide of black children and urgent need to address stigma and promote suicide prevention.

Judge Lerner-Wren will also discuss the short documentary film Faded Conversations, produced by United Way of Broward County in response to the data cited above.

Here is link

(Viewing 25:05).

Don’t miss this one!


Judge Wren

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Broward County Court Judge

Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, State of Florida

 Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren earned her B.A. degree in Politics and Public Affairs, 1980, University of Miami and J.D. from Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University, 1983 and was elected Broward County Court Judge in 1997.  Judge Lerner-Wren pioneered the first problem solving Mental Health Court in the United States, dedicated to the decriminalization and community-based treatment of persons arrested with mental illness and co-occurring disorders and has diverted more than 21,000 people out of Broward’s jail.

Broward’s Mental Health Court is a national and global model.  Recognitions include:  Broward’s Court was the model for The America’s Law Enforcement & Mental Health Project signed into law by President Bill Clinton in November, 2000.  The Court was showcased at The White House, Conference on Mental Health.   In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Wren to serve on The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, where she chaired the criminal justice subcommittee.

In 2013, Judge Wren was selected Top Finalist, Innovating Justice Award, Hiil Foundation, The Hague, and The Netherlands and received National Council Advocacy and Excellence Award “Elected Official Service” in 2015.  She serves on the Board of Governors, United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention and the Executive Committee, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Advisory Board, International Society Therapeutic Jurisprudence Advisory Board.

Judge Lerner-Wren speaks nationally and internationally on problem-solving justice and mental health courts.  She is an adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University and writes on diverse subjects (i.e. mental health, criminal justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, disability and human rights.)  Judge Lerner-Wren is the author of, “A Court of Refuge:  Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court” published by Beacon Press in 2018.




Victor Armstrong serves as Vice President, Behavioral Health with Atrium Health based in Charlotte, NC. As such, he has responsibility for operational and strategic oversight of Atrium’s largest behavioral health campus, Behavioral Health Charlotte (“BHC”). The BHC campus contains 66 inpatient beds, a psychiatric emergency department, and 10 provider based outpatient behavioral health programs, including both adult and child medication management, outpatient therapy, a First Episode Psychosis Program, Adult and Child Partial Hospital Programs, an ACT Team, and a school based program which operates in 19 area schools.

Victor has dedicated his career to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness. He is also a staunch advocate for reducing stigma around mental illness, and the accompanying discrimination against people living with mental illness. Victor speaks nationally and internationally on suicide awareness, particularly as it relates to underserved communities. He also utilizes social media as a platform to raise awareness of these issues.

Victor currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health (Secretary/Treasurer), RI International, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC, and i2i Center for Integrative Health. He is also former board chair of The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) NC and is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).

Victor’s awards and recognitions include 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year, Pride Magazine 2018,”Best of the Best”, and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for “Whole Person Care”.

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