9 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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    • Mental Health
    • 4.7 • 327 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
    Breaking the Cycle of Suicide: James Longman & Dr. John Draper, PhD

    Breaking the Cycle of Suicide: James Longman & Dr. John Draper, PhD

    James Longman is an ABC News Foreign Correspondent based in London. In his professional life, James has covered political strife, disasters, genocide and conflicts across the globe. He is fluent in French, Arabic and English and is a graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics. In his personal life, James is the survivor of the suicide loss of his father and his grandfather. In this episode, James speaks with Dr. Jen Ashton about breaking the cycle of suicide-- even as he has battled with his own history of depression.

    Dr. Ashton also speaks with John Draper, PhD Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Dr. Draper is one of the nation's leading experts on crisis intervention and suicide. Dr. Draper shares important information about how to talk to people in crisis, and he reflects on what his own daughter taught him about reaching those in need.

    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.

    • 57 min
    Moving Through Grief: Talinda Bennington

    Moving Through Grief: Talinda Bennington

    Talinda Bennington is the wife of the late rock singer Chester Bennington. Chester was the lead singer of the massively successful rock band Linkin Park, before he took his own life on July 20, 2017. Talinda speaks to Dr. Jen Ashton about the shock of his death, and how she channeled her pain into something to help others. She is the co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, an initiative to change the culture surrounding mental health. In his life, Chester touched the lives of millions of fans-- with his death Talinda hopes to do the same.

    For more about 320 Changes Direction visit: https://www.changedirection.org/

    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.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
327 Ratings

327 Ratings

Stephiefsmith ,

Thank you

I so appreciate all your work for suicide. I cannot thank you enough. My husband took his own life on February 12th just before the pandemic hit. I found him and I have no explanation as to why. The best guess is depression that I didn’t see until after. He was 62 years and we had only a few more years til retirement. He was a great man and no one saw his problems.
Your podcasts and book has helped immensely. My daughter and myself have each listened to all episodes a couple of times. We had no idea he was even contemplating suicide. You have made so much sense in helping us move forward with faith and hope. Thank you for taking on such a challenge and helping so many. You’ll never know the hope you’ve given!

SamandLar ,

Brain Pain

I lost my Dad to suicide 55 years ago and I have written a book called Brain Pain. Your blog is serving a valuable purpose ❗️ please visit my website Brainpainbook.com. Thanks and please continue with your wonderful contribution to our community ❗️I am a volunteer support group facilitator for survivors of a suicide loss with the Samaritans in Boston. Larry Shapiro

GPeg20 ,

Thank you

This conversation is so needed in this world, thank you for being a voice

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