47 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 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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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?"

    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.

    • 54 min
    How Do I Get to Tomorrow?

    How Do I Get to Tomorrow?

    Did you know 1 in 4 suicides involve alcohol? Some studies actually place it closer to 40%. Where is the line between having a drink to decompress and getting black out drunk because you don’t want to exist? This week, we talk to Ana Marie Cox and Air Britt, about how alcohol helped them feel comfortable in their own skin...until it didn’t anymore. How do you go from waking up wanting to die, to feeling grateful every day that you’re still here?

     

    This episode features Ana Marie Cox, host of With Friends Like These, and Air Britt, Senior Director of the SAFE (Stop The Addiction Fatality Epidemic) Project.

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Listen to Air’s episode of In Recovery, another Lemonada original 
    Tune into Air’s podcast, Beauty in the Grit
    Check out Ana’s podcast, With Friends Like These
    Wondering if your alcohol use is becoming a problem? Take the CAGE quiz
    When Someone You Care About is Struggling With Addiction
    Find an AA meeting near you

     

    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.

    • 55 min
    Why Do People Cut Themselves?

    Why Do People Cut Themselves?

    This week, Stephanie and Jackie are switching roles to answer a simple question: Was I a suicidal teen girl? We start in a closet, revisit a high school therapist, talk to a self-injury expert and watch a tortured student film festival entry. And crying. There’s lots of crying. 

     

    This episode features: Dr. Robin Hornstein & Dr. Janis Whitlock  

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Cornell Self-Injury & Recovery resources
    Healing Self Injury: A Compassionate Guide for Parents and Other Loved Ones, by Elizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson & Dr. Janis Whitlock 
    Hornstein, Platt & Associates Counseling & Wellness Centers in Philadelphia
    Manage Self Harm with the Calm Harm App 
    Self-Injury Outreach & Support resources
    Self Harm Crisis Text Line resources 
    Text “TWLOHA” to 741-741 if you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm.

     

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Suicide Prevention Has Nothing to Do with Suicide Prevention

    Suicide Prevention Has Nothing to Do with Suicide Prevention

    It turns out, there’s more to suicide prevention than crisis hotline numbers and inspirational memes. This week, we’re looking at the concept of upstream intervention - because the most effective way to convince someone to live is to help them create a life worth living. We explore the toll of historical trauma for American Indians and Alaska Natives, communities currently experiencing an unprecedented rise in suicide while also coping with some of the highest rates of COVID infection in the country. 

     

    We’re joined by Dr. Billie Jo Kipp of the Blackfeet tribe and Shavaughna Underwood of the Quinault tribe, who both work at the Center for Native American Youth. We also chat with Patrick Kennedy about Mental Health Parity and holding insurance companies accountable. 

     

    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

     

    Resources from the episode:

     
    Center for Native American Youth 
    Listen to Dr. Donald Warne tell the story of the 3 sisters in his talk “The Impact of Unresolved Trauma on American Indian Health Equity”
    Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico 
    Indian Health Service resources and tools 
    Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Parity Tracker

     

    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

     

    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.

    • 55 min
    Overcoming Childhood Trauma

    Overcoming Childhood Trauma

    This week we’re talking about ACEs - aka - Adverse Childhood Experiences. How do you move forward when there’s a lot of pain in your past? And how are you supposed to open up when you were raised not to air your dirty laundry?? We’re joined by WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw who dealt with her parents addiction early on and Music Industry Exec Mike Heyliger who talks about navigating his LGBTQ identity in an abusive home. We also speak with our favorite mental health and addiction expert, Dr. Nzinga Harrison, and The Trevor Project’s Michele Giordano about trauma and the affordability barrier disproportionately facing Black LGBTQ+ youth when seeking mental health care.

     

    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

     

    Resources from the episode:
    This episode features three amazing podcasters, linked below:
    Hear Mike’s musings about toxic masculinity on Detoxicity 
    Listen to Chamique and other famous pro athletes discuss mental health on Tremendous Upside
    Learn about mental health and addiction on Nzinga’s In Recovery, another Lemonada original
    Read more about the Trevor Project’s research on suicidology within the LGBTQ+ community, and check out additional ways to get help if you’re in need of someone to talk to.
    Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America
    BIPOC mental health resources from the Mental Health Coalition and SELF Magazine
    LGBTQ+ mental health resources 

     

    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

     

    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.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

haylou02 ,

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This podcast helped me process and gain a deeper understanding of the loss of a long time partner to drug abuse and suicide. The interviews are raw & moving. The vulnerability of both the host and the guests makes the impossibly difficult subject matter seem less “taboo”. Thank you to the entire team for a such an important and powerful show ❤️

wilfulgreen ,

No sense

To care means to care for the completely vulnerable, not just those it’s more convenient to care about.
Inconvenient unborn

Emilyann222222 ,

So informative

I have lost several people that i knew to overdose, never someone close to me but this has been so informative and has changed my view on everything!

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