#SPSM welcomes back @DocForeman, @adwww, @BartAndrews, & @Chrsmxwll to discuss community grief over death of @DavidDMaron

It is with heavy hearts that Dr. April Foreman, Tony Wood, Dr. Bart Andrews, and Chris Maxwell make a one night return to #SPSM, at 9pCT/10pET to discuss their grief over the loss of David Maron to suicide.

While Maron’s family is reported to have initially requested that the cause of death (suicide) not be shared, this appears to have become public knowledge over the last several weeks, finally culminating in outreach to the American Association of Suicidology from a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Because this is clearly public knowledge, and because so many in the suicide prevention community were impacted, a thoughtful decision was made to discuss reactions to this death. More broadly the issue of coping with a death within the suicide prevention community is particularly important, given the amount of lived experience, risk factors, and likelihood of being impacted by suicide the longer that one works in this field.

The decision was made to focus on the issues that those of us face in this field when we lose one of our own to suicide, using our own experience and relationships with each other.


We miss you, David Maron. And we honor your contributions:

To support David’s family, you can donate here:



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Bipolar & Suicide with Heather Funk Palacios – #SPSM Chat December 15th, 2019.


This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Danielle Glick (@DanielleGlick), and Joelle Marie (@LazTheLazTheLaz) discuss “Bipolar & Suicide” with guest Heather Funk Palacios (@WondHerful).

Watch as we discuss issues such as:

Is bipolar a disorder, an identity, or both?

What are some factors that might lead to someone with bipolar dying by suicide?

How does suicidality manifest differently between depression and mania?

How can we as a society make the world more accommodating for people with bipolar?



Further Reading and Watching:

WondHerful – Heather’s website

Heather Palacios Opens Up About Suicide – This is My Brave

Bipolar Disorder and Suicide – WebMD

Suicide in Bipolar Disorder: A Review – NCBI

Navigating Relationships in Bipolar Disorder – Marni Amsellem, Ph.D.



Heather Funk Palacios is a graduate of Judson University, where she received a BA in Business Management. Heather is also founder of “WondHerful,” a mission dedicated to mental health and suicide extinction through blog posts (https://wondherful.com), social media posts (@WondHerful), and an eclectic speaking circuit that includes churches, businesses, prisons, police stations, schools, halfway houses, psychiatric wards. Heather is a suicide survivor and a diagnosed bipolar who believes that if you wake up breathing, that’s your proof to keep going!
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How Eating Disorders Might Lead To Suicide with Dr. Katie Gordon – #SPSM Chat December 8th, 2019.

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This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Marie Shanley (@Mxiety), and Joelle Marie (@LazTheLazTheLaz) discuss “How Eating Disorders Might Lead To Suicide” with guest Katie Gordon, Ph.D. (@DrKathrynGordon).

Watch as we discuss issues such as:

How can eating disorders lead to suicide?
How does current culture lead to eating disorders?
Why are eating disorders romanticized in our culture?
Is there better messaging that can be used to reduce eating disorders prevalence?


Further Reading and Watching:

Academy For Eating Disorders

Dr. Gordon’s Website

Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight – NPR

Eating disorders and suicidality: what we know, what we don’t know, and suggestions for future research

The rise of eating disorders in Asia: a review


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Katie Gordon, Ph.D. grew up in south Florida and then moved to Tallahassee to complete her undergraduate degree at Florida State University (FSU). She returned to FSU to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with Dr. Thomas Joiner as her mentor. As part of her doctoral program, she completed an eating disorder-focused clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She then worked as a professor in the psychology department at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for ten years. At NDSU, She mentored graduate students, taught courses on child and adult psychopathology, and published disordered eating and suicidal behavior research.

Dr. Gordon left academia in 2018 to work full-time as a therapist. She co-hosted a podcast (Jedi Counsel) that discussed psychological science through fictional characters, current events, and interviews and currently writes a Psychology Today blog (Out of the Ivory Tower). Dr. Gordon is writing a scientifically-guided book about coping with suicidal thoughts for New Harbinger.


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Preventing Suicide in Youth with Melissa Weidner, LMSW – #SPSM Chat November 24th, 2019.

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This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Marie Shanley (@Mxiety), and Danielle Glick (@DanielleGlick) discuss “Preventing Suicide in Youth” with guest Melissa Weidner, LMSW.

Watch as we discuss issues such as:

What are noticeable differences in detecting suicidality in youth vs. adults?
What can families do to better support suicidal youth?
How do families contribute to suicidality?
What are tools we can provide to youth to help decrease suicidal ideation?


Further Reading and Watching:

Youth suicide rates are on the rise in the U.S. – PBS

Dimensionality of Helicopter Parenting and Relations to Emotional, Decision-Making, and Academic Functioning in Emerging Adults – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Suicide Prevention – Youth.gov

Suicide in Teens and Children Symptoms & Causes – ChildrensHospital.org



Melissa Weidner earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology followed by a Master’s degree in Social work from Southern Connecticut State University. Melissa is a Licensed Master in Social Work and is currently a therapist working with children and families. Melissa has worked with those struggling to navigate through anxiety, depression, self harming behaviors, suicidality , and personality disorders.  Melissa has worked in many different settings including inpatient, residential and community agencies. She is passionate and enthusiastic and helps her clients feel safe, empowered and understood as to help heal and enhance their lives.


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The Dark Side of Celebrity with Author Sheila Weller – #SPSM Chat November 17th, 2019.

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This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Hudson Harris (@MentalStrategy), and Danielle Glick (@DanielleGlick) discuss “The Dark Side of Celebrity” with guest Sheila Weller, author of Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge (@SheilaWeller).

Watch as we discuss issues such as:

What are some factors that can lead a celebrity towards suicide?

How does our culture exacerbate the mental health of celebrities?

What celebrity suicide had the most emotional impact on you and why?

Is there something fundamental about being a celebrity that is harmful to one’s mental health?



Further Reading and Watching:

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge (Available on Amazon)

Celebrity Suicide – Psychiatric Times

Why suicide is more common among celebrities, CEOs and creatives, and how therapy helps

Understanding celebrity suicides: Tackling depression and loneliness




Sheila Weller is the author of the acclaimed family memoir Dancing at Ciro’s; the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon―and the Journey of a Generation; and The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour―and the Triumph of Women in TV News. Her investigative, human interest, and cultural history journalism has won multiple major magazine awards. She has contributed to Vanity Fair, was a senior contributing editor of Glamour and a contributing editor of New York, and has written for The New York Times Book ReviewElleMarie ClaireRolling StoneThe Village Voice, and The Washington Post.


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Art Therapy in Suicide Prevention with Stephanie Sampson, M.S. – #SPSM Chat November 10th, 2019.

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This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Hudson Harris (@MentalStrategy), and Danielle Glick (@DanielleGlick) discuss “Art Therapy in Suicide Prevention” with guest Stephanie Sampson, M.S. (@stephmjs).

Watch as we discuss issues such as:

What is your definition of art therapy and its purpose?

What role does creative arts therapy have in suicide prevention?

How does art therapy benefit different demographics – culture, age, race?

Do you have a specific medium that you feel is most impactful to clients with suicidal ideation?



Further Reading and Watching:

American Art Therapy Association

Art Therapy and Suicide Prevention – The Painted Brain

The Effect of Clinical Art Therapy Programs for Adolescent Suicide Prevention – Research Gate

AWBW: A Window Between Worlds – Healing Arts Curriculum



Stephanie Sampson, M.S., is an art therapist currently working at an inpatient psych hospital on the east coast. Her main population is in working with adolescents who are suicidal and or have mood disorders. She is passionate in her work as a healer for the children and promotes using art as a tool to express the self and have a conversation. Her use of art therapy focuses on using a directive based intervention which helps provide some structure, yet still allows the recipient to control their experience. The belief is that the art will come out in the subconscious.
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