In this episode I interview suicide prevention expert Paula Fontenelle. Sharing her own experience with the loss of her father and how that changed the course of her life, she shares vital information on how we can prevent tragedy in our families and communities.
Suicide is a highly stigmatized subject. So we don't talk about it, and that's a problem, especially if you struggle with chronic pain. According to a 2008 eight study, those with chronic pain attempt suicide 2.5 times more often than the general public, and suicide ideation is almost twice that of the general population in the US. Given the Corona virus, we are seeing a stark increase in mental health illness. You will find more relevant information if read Leo Sher's report, The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, Volume 113, Issue 10, October 2020, Pages 707–712, https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcaa202.