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Suicide: Prevention & Help

Bear Psychology Podcast

Release Date: 07/04/2019

#BlackLivesMatter: The Courage to Speak Out show art #BlackLivesMatter: The Courage to Speak Out

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In this episode we pay attention to the deep and traumatic roots of Black Lives Matter and unpack the layers of how to respond effectively as individuals and within communities. I dialogue with mental health professional, Ornge trauma team lead and anti-racism trainer, Tom Walker. After the murder of George Floyd the public outcry continues to be a powerful voice that is awakening the world to the injustice of systemic racism that so many have turned their backs on for too long.   At this critical moment while witnessing continued acts of social...

Our Shadow and the Unconscious Mind show art Our Shadow and the Unconscious Mind

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"The most terrifying thing is to accept yourself fully" – Carl Jung We'll start by recognizing that we are much more than the surface image we present to others while at the same time exploring why for many, we guard our interior world so very carefully, in fear that others will see us for who we really are. It begs the question – Who and what are we really guarding from others, and why? We will discuss what happens when these facades break down, and what we can see more clearly. By breaking down barriers within ourselves we...

Pain, Power & the Purpose of Lies show art Pain, Power & the Purpose of Lies

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We have all lied at some point, and have likely been hurt by others lying to us. Wonder why do we all do it? Why do some people lie compulsively? Have you ever felt a need to lie to pretend things are better than they are or even to gain power or protection? Have you ever felt ashamed of believing a liar or have been badly injured as a result? We have all been there! Let's talk about this complex issue and explore the Pain, Power and Purposes of Lies. We will discuss the motivation and consequences of lying; how to...

Frontline Heroes in the COVID Pandemic show art Frontline Heroes in the COVID Pandemic

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We addressed the impact on first responders/front line workers everywhere with two experts Dr. Brad Lindell of NC-CM and AAETS (  ) and Daniel McGuire of CISM Perspectives ().   These include emergency room staff, doctors, nurses, clinicians, mental health practitioners, pharmacy staff, grocery staff, those still serving food/drinks, maintenance people, construction workers, and all the people out there showing up to help us continue to function, live, and deal with the demands of this world right now. This is an incredibly demanding time, those on the front line are...

Your Life in this new COVID World show art Your Life in this new COVID World

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How are you managing in this new COVID World? "the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of "together, apart."– , Mar 19, 2020 Things have changed so rapidly that everyday life seems like "a surreal life". I walk to work and the streets are empty, I enter my building and no one is in the elevator. I arrive at my floor, open my file cabinet and begin to see clients – although now, every interaction I have is online or by phone. I cancelled all my social plans and now I have Video Zoom dinner parties, visit with friends and family by phone and email, text and...

What is loneliness: Why is it so bad now? show art What is loneliness: Why is it so bad now?

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What is loneliness: Why is it so bad now? In the age of technology, we are more connected than ever, so why do many people still struggle with loneliness? First, let’s define loneliness. Loneliness is need of human connection but not being able to have it. It is a subjective experience and is not the consequence of being physically alone. If you feel lonely, you are lonely. Loneliness occurs when someone perceives their relationships as not fulfilling their social needs. Dr. Andrew Wister from Simon Fraser University believes social media may be partly fueling...

Setting Yourself Up for Success show art Setting Yourself Up for Success

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Setting Yourself Up for Success “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” – Will Durant The year 2020 is upon us and it marks the end of the decade. Millions of New Year’s resolutions will be made; however, the  success rate shows we just don’t know how to stick with them. We want to share with you the psychology behind starting new habits, changing old habits, and staying motivated. Think of this as your toolkit for setting yourself up for success – not just in January, but every day! Making behavioral changes: Habits are...

Holiday Stress and Overspending show art Holiday Stress and Overspending

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Holidays can be a stressful time of year. There is pressure to make the perfect dinner, give a great gift, spend time with family members you don’t see frequently, and plan fun family festivities. All of this can leave you feeling stressed, depressed, lonely, fatigued, and underappreciated. The holiday blues is a term that accurately describes the mixture of unpleasant emotions one feels over the course of a seemingly joyous time. Not only can the holidays leave you feeling depleted, you may also be left with an depleted bank account. All too often families feel the need to impress one...

What is Happiness: How to Pursue it show art What is Happiness: How to Pursue it

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Happiness is something many of us strive for using all the wrong approaches. We distract ourselves looking for the next big excitement, numb ourselves so we won’t feel emotional pain, seek pleasure in purchases, chase status in position or gaining influence or power and treat ourselves with food that we are not hungry for. Anyone who has achieved fame, fortune, status eventually recognizes that more things and more fame do not create any sense of lasting happiness. So what is happiness and does it make any sense to chase it down? I have certainly...

Addictions: What we can do show art Addictions: What we can do

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What is Addiction? Did you know that in the United States alone,  people ages 12 and older abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs? The percentage among the Canadian population is similar. Addiction is a disease that’s usually chronic in nature. It affects how the brain and body function, and it’s characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use even in the face of harmful consequences. Addiction causes changes in the brain, which can be long-lasting and lead to harmful behaviours. Drug addiction is also characterised as a relapsing...

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Every day around the world, one suicide attempt is reported every 40 seconds.

Sadly, there is a contagious aspect to suicide, especially in the wake of high-profile deaths. For example, the back-to-back deaths of world-renowned celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain was not only shocking, but also had a trigger affect on others who experience suicidal thoughts.

In fact, when a public tragedy takes place—especially a high-profile suicide—the risk for deaths by accidents, suicides, and murders significantly increases in the public along with a rise in depression, anxiety, and aggression.

From the outside, it seems as though celebrities like Spade, Bourdain, or even Robin Williams had it all: fame, fortune, success, and love. So when they took their own lives it caused people to stop and think, "If they couldn't handle the world, then why should I?" Their deaths represented the death of a dream and a hopelessness to many who struggle with suicidal depression.

In Canada, approximately 4000 Canadians die by suicide annually, and it's the second most common cause of death among young people. However, men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide. Women are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than men, but men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.

How Can We Prevent Suicide?

Of course, it's impossible to prevent all suicides, but there are strategies to help reduce the risk. For example:
  • Seeing a professional for treatment and building a solid relationship with a doctor or mental health professional
  • Creating strong social support networks, including family, friends, or a peer support group
  • Learning how to cope with problems, and trusting those coping skills
Although proper treatment is crucial, it's not a quick fix. It can take time for suicidal thoughts to become manageable or to stop altogether. It's imperative to stay connected with your support and seek extra when you need it.

If you experience suicidal thoughts, you need to talk about them with your doctor, mental health professional, or a trusted person. It can also be helpful to schedule regular appointments with mental health professionals or use phone-based support such as the suicide prevention hotline.

What If Someone You Know Is Suicidal?

Contrary to popular belief, if you believe someone is suicidal, you should ask them directly if they're thinking about hurting themselves. Talking about suicide will not give someone the idea to carry out the act. If someone you love is seriously contemplating suicide, they may be relieved to finally talk about it.

If the person says that they are thinking about hurting themselves, then it's essential to ask them if they have a plan. If they do have a plan and are thinking about committing suicide soon, then you should connect with crisis services or supports immediately. If you are unaware of crisis, distress, or suicide helplines in your area, you can call 9-1-1. Always stay with the person while you make the call, and don't leave until the crisis line or emergency responders say it's okay to go.

The important thing is to listen to your loved one and help them connect with mental health services.
Trauma Practice Can Help with Recovery.

When someone has moved beyond the point of crisis and is ready to recover from the trauma they've experienced, Trauma Practice can help. Our goal is to improve the conversation through safe venues focused on trauma-informed care, where up-to-date and accurate information is widely shared. Together we can create an open dialogue and reduce the stigma and isolation of those who suffer.

A one time or monthly contribution to Trauma Practice means that we can all pay it forward and help others on the path of trauma recovery. Make a donation today.

Video Resources on Suicide:
We can prevent suicide: https://youtu.be/q2uxiEfFiIs

It's OK not to be OK: https://youtu.be/x136YxQTUXo

Self-Love – Be Intentional: https://youtu.be/DCNOJmmHLkQ

Web Resources on Suicide:
Radio show was aired on Realityradio101.com on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1 pm EDT