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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 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?"

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 2.5K 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 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

    Introducing In the Bubble: Our Shot

    Introducing In the Bubble: Our Shot

    Andy Slavitt, President Biden’s Senior Advisor on COVID-19, is back from the White House to his chair on the award-winning In the Bubble podcast. Just as he took us through the pandemic, this 10-week series called Our Shot is about leading us out. It’s an insider’s guide for getting closure on what happened, how we emerge, and what must come next. Andy is joined each week by Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, who takes you places we couldn’t go during the pandemic. Special guests include leaders we rarely get to see drop their guard the way they do on this podcast. Andy gives listeners information and inspiration from his bubble every Monday and Wednesday.

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    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.

     

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

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Truth

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