#SPSM chats #13RW Season 2: Same #suicide scene, new #triggerwarning, new #toolkit. 5/20/18, 9pCT

As 13 Reasons Why launches season 2 (premiere was delayed, due to the most recent school shooting) the suicide prevention community launches a new toolkit and talking points. The series added trigger warnings and resources to each episode (great!) and also replayed the entire graphic suicide scene from season 1 (ugh).

When considered as a TV series, the reviews are rather pointed. According to Vanity Fair:

“As the second season careens toward a conclusion that was already heavily hinted at in the first season finale, it becomes increasingly clear that 13 Reasons Why isn’t about uncovering trauma, but perpetuating provocation. We knew, in all likelihood, that this would happen; so many breakout shows struggle to land their second seasons. But most of those shows aren’t about teen suicide and sexual assault—and while the second season of 13 Reasons Why swears it’s even more aware of its sensitive material, it’s also even more exploitative than the first.”

When we consider the suicide prevention community’s skill with engaging the national conversation connected to 13 Reasons Why, it appears we have leveled up. Last season’s release left us sorting an internal conflict. We want suicide, as a topic, engaged by the media, and at the same time, we don’t want this subject treated irresponsibly or, as Vanity Fair put it, “exploited.” It seems many organizations found their sea legs with 13RW this time around. Let’s talk about that, LIVE:


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#SPSM podcast joins #GeekTherapy network (thanks @JosueACardona), and how @ShaneDawson got us shook this week, 5/12/18, 9pCT.

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned…

We had good reason to believe our plans to convert SPSM chat video into podcasts would be well underway by 5/12/18, and we’d be ready for you to subscribe. Josue Cardona met with the SPSM production team, and we “missed it by that much.” We are still figuring out the process, and will have some podcasts ready for release soon.

Happily, Josue is with us this week to chat about joining the Geek Therapy network, and his thoughts on social media strategy for mental health.

And, who is Shane Dawson? What are we learning about new media from him after his break out videos with Grav3yardgirl this week?

Watch us 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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Fitbit, #suicide risk, prevention, and prediction: #SPSM chats 5/6/18, 9pCT.

SPSM chats about passive tracking devices/apps, such as Fitbit, and how that data may be related to detecting/predicting suicide risk, and preventing suicide attempt/death, 9pCT.

Fitbit has been entering the medical device landscape, and for excellent business reasons. Snidely referred to as “Quitbit,” many devices that are soley activity trackers have high abandonment rates. For this reason, Fitbit has chosen mental health as a development area for it’s product as a medical device. what does this mean for suicide prevention?

Questions we’ll be discussing on SPSM:

  • Is activity data alone useful in suicide research and prevention/intervention? If so, how?
  • Given high device abandonment rates, what are strategies for increasing adherence long enough to get valuable data for research and monitoring?
  • And, how such devices be gamified or otherwise enhanced for intervention?

On a related note, did you know that Fitbit data can be donated at OurDataHelps.org? You do now! We’ll chat about this, too, on #SPSM

Chat LIVE here:

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#SPSM chats about The #AASWord, #AAS18, and the impact of “social” in social media, 4/29/18, 9pCT

#SPSM chat about the impact of social media on our “IRL” relationships in suicide prevention, and the power of video to capture this. Watch “The AAS Word,” a love letter of a video by Director Lisa Klein. And please tag all of the #SPSM-ers you see in it. How has this chat changed or shaped your work? Let’s chat, 4/29/18, 9pCT.


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#SPSM chats about #AAS18: What happened, and why you think it’s important, 4/22/18, 9pCT

So, THAT happened! #AAS18 was a great success! And, of course, the SOCIAL MEDIA was off the chain (and let’s not talk about the SPSM parties…I mean it…all @DocForeman pics are embargoed). As fun as it was to see each other, the #SPSM mission carries on: To connect experts and stakeholders at the intersection of technology, media, and suicide prevention at the speed of innovation.

In the service of that mission, we’re chatting about our favorite moments at #AAS18. What did you learn? What inspired you? What projects will be coming out of it? Since many of us will be on the road, or just coming home, it’s an OLD SCHOOL TWITTER CHAT. As we wind down SPSM Season Five, there are only precious few chats left.

One of the cool outgrowths of #AAS18 was a chance for a bunch of us to work with Elvis and Stephanie from StackUp.org, as we embark on major changes to our social media community, and get ready to migrate to Twitch. What kind of content do you want to see there? What kind of content do YOU want to make and broadcast? What other channels on Twitch might we partner with?

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Brian Bauer chats with #SPSM about nudges and #BehavioralEconomics, 4/15/18, 9pCT

Brian Bauer chats with SPSM about “nudges” and behavioral economics interventions that may be useful in suicide prevention, 4/15/18, 9pCT.

Read up on some cool research about this here.

And, of course, you can chill with Brian, Ian Cero, and other SPSM alum at #AAS18, in just a couple of days! Follow the hashtag to watch live stream content, and connect with our community!

Watch us LIVE here:

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​Brian Bauer is second-year graduate student in Daniel Capron’s Anxiety and Trauma Research Program (ATRP) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy in 2011. Upon graduation, he worked as a research assistant in the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington investigating brief dialectical behavioral therapy interventions, where he developed an interest in studying suicide. Brian studied ADHD and suicide as a research assistant at the Oregon Health & Science University and suicide in the Veteran population as a research associate at the Portland VA. He recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Brian is interested in all aspects of suicide research. Most recently, his work has focused on implementing behavioral economic techniques and decision- making theory to suicide research. In addition, Brian uses psychophysiological methods to understand potential biocorrelates of well-researched constructs within suicide theories such as the capability for suicide.

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@IanCero, #SilvermanAward winner, chats w/ #SPSM about his research on #suicide posts on #twitter, 4/8/18, 9pCT.

Ian Cero, Silverman Award Winner, chats with #SPSM about his research on associative networks for suicide related posts on Twitter, 4/8/18, 9pCT.

Check out this nifty abstract:

“Networks in which similar individuals are more likely to associate with one another than their dissimilar counterparts are called assortative. The clustering of suicides in time and space implies such fatalities likely have assortative features, and suggests other forms of suicide-related behavior may as well. The assortativity of suicide-related verbalizations (SRV) was examined by machine coding 64 million posts from 17 million users of a large social media platform over two distinct 28-day periods. Users were defined as socially linked in the network if they mutually replied to each other at least once. Results show SRV was significantly more assortative than chance, up to at least six degrees of separation. When mood was controlled, SRV assortativity remained significantly higher than chance through two degrees of separation, indicating this effect was not just an artifact of mood. Discussion demonstrates how exploiting assortative patterns can improve the efficiency of suicide risk detection.”

So, why is this? And what does this mean (or not), functionally? Let’s talk about that!

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Ian Cero, MA, MPS received his BA in philosophy from Concordia College in 2010, his MA in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University in 2012, and worked as a Research Coordinator at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center before coming to Auburn in 2012. Ian is currently completing his internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program. He also recently graduated from AU’s Probability and Statistics Masters program, which he completed concurrently with his doctoral studies. Ian’s research interests focus on non-linear models of suicide risk and their application to suicide prevention.

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