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Brain Hijack: Science to Practice in Suicide Prevention

As part of CSTS's efforts in understanding and intervening to prevent suicide and informed by the Center's STARRS study (Study to Address Risk and Resilience in Service Members)

Brain Hijack

Brain Hijack podcast series aims to increase awareness and support a culture shift amongst the general public around the topic of suicide prevention. We encourage support-seeking behaviors and connectedness through expert interviews, debunking myths, and normalizing topics in mental health. Emerging public health research on media communication channels indicates podcasting as a promising tool to reach communities at large or those uniquely at risk. This podcast intends to bridge the gap between science and practice by translating expert recommendations in suicide prevention and its upstream drivers into a discussions understood by all. 

 

 

Episode 3: Hold On, Pain Ends (HOPE)

On today’s episode of Brain Hijack, we tackle the question "Does asking someone if they are suicidal make them suicidal?"

To help us debunk this myth, we spoke to Cory Will, a Licensed Master Social Worker with the heart and soul of a Peer Recovery Specialist. We'll learn how talking about suicide does not lead to nor encourages suicide, but rather provides the other person with an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings about something they may be keeping secret, and/or obtain help and support.

Learn More About Today's Guest: Cory D. Will, LMSW, QMHP, CPRS

 

Episode 2: Your Thoughts Do Not Have To Be Your Reality, Change Is Always Possible

On today’s episode of Brain Hijack, we respond to the myth "Once a person thinks about suicide, they will never change their mind and they will die by suicide."

Listen in as Adam and Brooke speak with Dr. Marjan Holloway, a Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University about self-regulation as it relates to suicidal thoughts. Dr. Holloway emphasizes that it's okay to acknowledge and recognize in the moment that you are having suicidal thoughts and just because you are having suicidal thoughts does not mean you have to engage with the act of suicide. She goes on to share steps you can take to talk to your doctor if you are having suicidal thoughts. Our takeaway from today's episode: your thoughts are always subject to change and just because you have a suicidal thought, you do not have to act upon it.

Learn More About Today's Guest: Dr. Marjan Holloway

 

Episode 1: Getting Through The Moment: How To Be An Effective Helper

On today’s episode of Brain Hijack, we respond to the question, "Do clinical professionals always know who is at risk for suicide and when they may try to die by suicide?" The short answer, "No." Listen in as Adam and Brooke speak with Dr. Peter Gutierrez, Executive Vice President, Innovation at LivingWorks on why a community, public health approach to suicide prevention is so important. Dr. Gutierrez explains what it means to be an "effective helper" and answers tough questions including how to respond to a someone who just told you they are having suicidal thoughts. Our takeaway from today's episode: anyone can play a role in preventing suicide, including you. 

Learn More About Today's Guest: Dr. Peter Gutierrez

 

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