14 episodes

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent, draws from her own tragic experience to explore the aftermath of suicide and sudden loss, and, like her new book "Life After Suicide," the podcast is a roadmap to survival, offering inspiring insight on how to regain balance and get back to life. She speaks with people living with loss who have moved through guilt, anger and hopelessness to a new normal as well as with survivors and specialists in medicine, faith and more on how to heal from any type of traumatic experience.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 361 Ratings

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent, draws from her own tragic experience to explore the aftermath of suicide and sudden loss, and, like her new book "Life After Suicide," the podcast is a roadmap to survival, offering inspiring insight on how to regain balance and get back to life. She speaks with people living with loss who have moved through guilt, anger and hopelessness to a new normal as well as with survivors and specialists in medicine, faith and more on how to heal from any type of traumatic experience.

    Happiness after Tragedy: Vic Strecher and Dan Harris

    Happiness after Tragedy: Vic Strecher and Dan Harris

    Vic Strecher PhD MPH is a professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health and author of the book Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything. In this episode, Dr. Jen speaks with Professor Strecher about the death of his daughter, Julia, and how she inspired his book and his life's work to find meaning, resilience, purpose and eventually happiness.

    Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Dan is also the author of 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times bestseller, the host of the award-winning Ten Percent Happier podcast and the co-founder of the Ten Percent Happier app. Dan joins Dr. Jen in this episode to discuss what he has learned through meditation about training the mind after tragedy.

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    We'd love your feedback. Please contact Dr. Ashton on Twitter or Instagram @DrJAshton. Leave a review here: http://bit.ly/2PGybw7

    If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Finding Resilience: Robin Roberts and Sheryl Sandberg

    Finding Resilience: Robin Roberts and Sheryl Sandberg

    As a cancer survivor, Robin Roberts, anchor of Good Morning America, learned how to publicly embrace her vulnerabilities and support from others. Re-framing grief as a means towards healing allowed her to regain her strength, which she hopes inspires others to do the same. Similarly, after her husband and father of their two young children died suddenly, Sheryl Sandberg, chief Operating Officer of Facebook, learned to persevere in the face of loss, and uses her public platform to help others do the same. In this week’s episode, Dr. Jennifer Ashton sits down with these two powerful women to discuss turning painful experiences into an opportunity for personal growth and positive influence.

    We'd love your feedback. Please contact Dr. Ashton on Twitter or Instagram @DrJAshton. Leave a review here: http://bit.ly/2PGybw7

    If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • 52 min

    Faith and Spirituality after Suicide: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner

    Faith and Spirituality after Suicide: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner

    Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in NJ and the former President of the New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner is no stranger to grief. In 1996, Rabbi Kirshner lost his brother, Rabbi Gabriel Kirshner, to suicide. The loss sent him on a spiritual journey through questions of why, and, eventually, to acceptance. In this episode, Rabbi Kirshner talks with Dr. Jen Ashton about faith and the role spiritual leaders' play in helping others navigate their own journey.

    We'd love your feedback. Please contact Dr. Ashton on Twitter or Instagram @DrJAshton. Leave a review here: http://bit.ly/2PGybw7

    For more: "Life After Suicide" by Dr. Jennifer Ashton: https://amzn.to/2XcAkSE

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    If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • 39 min
    Portrayal of Suicide in the Media: A Million Little Things

    Portrayal of Suicide in the Media: A Million Little Things

    DJ Nash is the creator, writer and executive producer of the ABC Television show A Million Little Things. The show is about a close group of friends left reeling when suicide unexpectedly claims one of their own. DJ speaks to Dr. Jen about the very real inspiration for the show and about the responsibility he feels to show an authentic portrait of grief.

    Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., is the psychological consultant on A Million Little Things. She is also the president and founder of the non profit group Give an Hour and she heads the Campaign to Change Direction, a global initiative to change the culture surrounding mental health. Dr. Van Dahlen is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years. In 2012, Dr. Van Dahlen was named to TIME's of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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    We'd love your feedback. Please contact Dr. Ashton on Twitter or Instagram @DrJAshton. Leave a review here: http://bit.ly/2PGybw7

    For more: "Life After Suicide" by Dr. Jennifer Ashton: https://amzn.to/2XcAkSE

    If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

Nancy1959 ,

My sweet daughter

Thanks for this podcast. I just lost two daughters. My 20 year old lost her life to suicide last month. We are of course devastated, confused, angry, ashamed, you name it.

Now I have lost another daughter because she blames me for the suicide and doesn’t want to have anything to do with me. I thought I was a good mother but I am now so sad that she feels this way. Perhaps she is hurting and this is the way she deals with it but right now I am so sad...

LocalFitizen ,

This helps me

My recent ex of 7 years died by suicide on 2/26. I’m struggling. I learned so much . Thank you for talking about this.

donnamaryne ,

Life After Suicide

Thank you for talking about this subject! It is the worst “club” to belong to, but so necessary to discuss and help each other to heal. I lost my daughter near the end of 2019, days before her 19th birthday. My wish is to find ways to move forward in life; first by looking for ways to help all who are touched by this illness, and secondly by finding ways to honor the beautiful person she was. It hurts so much that my deeply caring daughter, who fought for the underdogs
In life, lost the battle for her own life.

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