50 episodes

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Last Day’s Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"

Last Day Lemonada Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 85 Ratings

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Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Last Day’s Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Holidays are Horrible and Wonderful with Grief Expert Claire Bidwell Smith

    The Holidays are Horrible and Wonderful with Grief Expert Claire Bidwell Smith

    Happy melancholy holidays! In this special crossover episode, Host of Last Day, Stephanie Wittles Wachs, sits down with grief expert, Claire Bidwell Smith to talk about this past year – as moms, as professionals, and most importantly – as human beings coping with the inevitable grief that creeps up around the holidays. Join us for a conversation on finding meaning, and how to make joy a priority this coming New Year. 

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    • 43 min
    Bonus Episode: Treating Veterans with Tara Consolino

    Bonus Episode: Treating Veterans with Tara Consolino

    A never-aired Last Day Season 2 episode!

    Tara Consolino is the Director of Suicide Prevention and Substance Use Disorders at the Detroit V.A. - she had so many great suggestions for how to support someone with PTSD that they couldn't all fit into one episode! We're happy to share the rest of her interview with our Apple supporters!

    If you or a veteran you know are struggling, dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. You can also text 838255 or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net.

    You can also contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

    Season 1 Bonus Episode: Stephanie talks to Ruben Castaneda

    Season 1 Bonus Episode: Stephanie talks to Ruben Castaneda

    We've got another bonus episode for you!

    Stephanie is joined by Ruben Castaneda for a thought-provoking conversation. In 2018, the National Press Foundation chose Mr. Castaneda as one of 15 journalists nationwide to participate in a deep dive seminar into reporting on the opioids crisis. During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post.

    Bonus Episode: Preventing Suicide During + After Active Duty

    Bonus Episode: Preventing Suicide During + After Active Duty

    Harvard epidemiologist Ron Kessler joins Stephanie to talk about what factors might be contributing to the rise in suicide rates among active duty Army personnel and veterans, and what we can do to prevent these suicides in the first place.

    BONUS: Responding To Listener Feedback

    BONUS: Responding To Listener Feedback

    We’re not done yet! We are back with an encore episode to respond to all of your amazing feedback over the course of the season. Stephanie, Jackie and Dr. Robin Hornstein (Jackie’s high school therapist who you might remember from episode 10) answer listener voicemails, emails, and DMs about season two. Come for the insight, stay for the montage of Stephanie losing her mind behind the mic. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Learn more about designated crisis responders (DCR) in Washington State
    Kid or no kid, breathe in, breathe out with Cosmic Kids Yoga
    Shake your stuff to the Bollywood video Robin mentioned
    Stay tuned for the interviews that didn’t make it into season two by subscribing to our Patreon

     

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows.

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    • 57 min
    Are You Feeling Suicidal?

    Are You Feeling Suicidal?

    Season 2 Finale! We started this season on a bridge but told you not to get caught up in the romantic notion of saviors and last minute interventions. Suicide isn’t about one moment in time. But if you or someone you love is suicidal, a single moment can be the difference between life and death. So, this week we’re doing a toolkit episode all about crisis response. What do you do when help is needed right now? This week, we role play with a suicide hotline employee, give the Cliff’s notes version of QPR suicide prevention training, and hear about what happens when therapists go on strike. 

     

    This episode features a host of talented people, including Tara Consolino (director of suicide prevention and substance abuse, Detroit V.A.), Dr. Julie Goldstein Grumet (director, Zero Suicide Institute at the Education Development Center), Dr. John Draper (executive director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), Susan Whitney (licensed marriage and family therapist, Kaiser), and Sal Rosselli (president and co-founder, National Union of Healthcare Workers).

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Read up on QPR from the QPR Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    Zero Suicide Institute, their general toolkit, and population-specific toolkits 
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
    Lifeline’s 5 Steps to Help Someone in Crisis #Bethe1To
    NUHW Kaiser Don’t Deny campaign webpage
    NUHW Care Delayed, Care Denied white paper
    Learn more about SB 855 via CapRadio

     

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.


    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

TonLee74 ,

Thank you!

So grateful for your stories and the topics covered! Thank you for shining a light on and reducing the stigma.

Kat from Toronto ,

This podcast saved me

I lost someone close to me a couple months ago to an accidental fentanyl overdose. Listening to this podcast has not only helped me understand why this horrible thing happened but also has made me feel less alone. I’m very grateful for this show.

-Kat from Toronto

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I have listened to many podcasts and I have studied many things about recovery. I can safely say that this podcast does the BEST job of researching and explaining opiate addiction in an extremely compassionate and human way. This podcast has greatly helped my recovery. Keep it up cuties.

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