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Suicide Awareness & Prevention – An Ally’s Perspective

Listen in to this interview with Allen Doederlein, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and PsychU Stigma Section Editor, as he shares his experiences as a mental health ally and advocate, reactions on the rising suicide rate in the U.S., tidbits on suicide warning signs and at-risk behaviors, and his perspectives on language choice and how advocates and the media should publicly discuss suicide.

Each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide, which is not only associated with mental illness, but can also affect patients seen primarily in primary care settings. Stigma surrounding suicide can make it more difficult for individuals to overcome barriers to treatment. It’s becoming increasingly important for mental health care professionals to speak out, talk about prevention initiatives, know and educate the public on the warning signs and risk factors of suicidality, and join a larger conversation about raising awareness. In this series of interviews, experts in the field of mental health provider their insights surrounding the importance of suicide awareness, prevention, and treatment for individuals at risk.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline / Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.


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