The suicide crisis in Ohio and in America has no boundaries and neither will our conversations. We'll talk openly about the how, the why and the solutions to suicide prevention. This vital conversation is brought to you by the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation as we'll highlight experts, counselors, clinicians, advocates and ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the name of saving lives.
An Ohio veteran opens up about a suicide attempt, coming home from war and life-saving therapy
If you read Danny Eakins resume, you'd immediately say, 'Now, that's a life of service to others.' He rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Military, led a tank platoon in some 300 combat missions in Iraq, he's Governor DeWine's Team Leader for the National Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Veterans, Service Members and Families, an appointee to the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board and Danny is also a frequent public speaker on behalf of veterans’ advocacy. He's recently remarried and enjoying life as a step-father too. What his resume doesn't say (or anyone's for that matter) is why he's such a fierce advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. It's because he's walked that path of a suicide attempt, loneliness, physical and mental pain, but found professional help and a supportive community to persevere through dark times. In this podcast, he talks about all of it in candid, raw honesty that'll leave you inspired, grateful and hopefully more empathic to others in need.
'Depression feels like an old friend visiting me.' How to recognize, treat and live fully with depression.
October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month and this episode is dedicated to just that; talking about depression as the debilitating influence it can be and the myriad ways millions of people have embraced living with it, treating it and overcoming it. Our two guests walk this walk every day in their personal and professional lives and bravely share their lived experiences with you. Cassie Martindell is Communications Directors for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and Bailey Fullwiler is Statewide Mental Health First Aid Program Manager for Mental Health America of Ohio. After listening to this episode, you'll be inspired to look in the mirror, reflect on your own life, seek help, help a friend or maybe all of the above. https://www.ohiospf.org/ https://mhaohio.org/
OSPF's 'Art of Healing Benefit' is truly that
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation has launched many firsts and will do so again September 29th for the first ever, Art of Healing Benefit for Suicide Prevention. This semi-formal dinner presented by White Castle is mission driven with a purpose of breaking stigmas around suicide through the healing power of art. In this episode, you'll meet an Ohio executive and artist who bravely shares the loss of her husband and the 3 pieces of art she created to signify that journey. White Castle’s chief manufacturing officer, Dave Rife, also bravely shares the story of losing his adult son to suicide just a few years ago and why this is such an important mission for the franchise. You'll be inspired by both of these people and inspired to continue to break stigmas around mental health and suicide prevention.
'Our kids brains aren't equipped to fight this battle.'
The title of this month's episode is a quote from our guest but it has nothing to do with fighting the battle of suicidology or suicide prevention. It's fighting the battle of a 24/7 'screen world'. We're so fortunate to have Nationwide Children's Hospital Clinical Psychologist, Dr. John Ackerman, to join and explain what is happening to those young brains that are constantly exposed to information, media, social media and digital interaction. Dr. Ackerman leads Nationwide's Center for Suicide Prevention and Research and also led a group of clinicians and professors (Ohio University) in developing new guidelines for journalists when they're reporting on suicide. He talks with host, Scott Light, about suicide and perceptions in journalism and thus, the public's broader perception of suicide.
Take off the mask that is 'Midwest niceness'
By no means are we saying, 'don't be nice'. Of course not. But for our latest episode dedicated to youth mental health, you'll hear from a man whose family name is associated with comedic genius and tragic heartbreak. Tom Farley is also a Midwesterner through and through so you'll have to stay tuned and hear his 'Midwestern mask' comment for yourself. Tom has toured the country for years talking to young people about addiction and mental health. He's a father, writer, entertainer and brother to the late Chris Farley of SNL and movie fame. Also joining us is Dr. Sarah Denny from Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She brings her clinical and medical expertise plus advice and even her insecurities to the conversation as a mother of teenagers. Sarah and Tom also talk with host, Scott Light, about finding outlets: whether creative, athletic, quiet or whatever outlet you may need and want. Just find it. Even for a few minutes a day.
Ohio LGBTQ+ organizations share their voices and want yours on suicide prevention
OSPF celebrates and honors June Pride month with special guests from the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland https://lgbtcleveland.org/ and Kaleidoscope Youth Center of Columbus https://www.kycohio.org/. Ohio cities and towns hosted many Pride celebrations this month but there's still so much advocacy and stigma-breaking to do as LGBTQ+ youth, especially, have much higher rates of suicide. Listen in, get loud about mental health and let's make everyone feel loved, welcomed and accepted.