Beneath the Surface: A Closer Look at Depression and Suicide in Teens and Adults

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Show Summary

Grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide.

Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, grief recovery specialist Kristi Hugstad has dedicated her life to helping abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide.

Hugstad says that suicide prevention must start with our teens. Teen suicide isn't a new phenomenon, but unfortunately, it has become a tragic, disturbing epidemic in the United States.

Her book, Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis, provides the information, encouragement, and tactical guidance you need to help yourself or others experiencing:

  • Depression
  • Academic or parental pressures
  • Eating disorders
  • Bullying
  • Self-harm
  • PTSD
  • Peer pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Technology addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Listen as Hugstad joins host Lisa Davis to share insight about this troubling trend in today's youth population.

Show Notes

[1:40] Introduction to Kristi, her book, and her story.

[2:55] How to truly listen versus fixing the person to avoid the stigma of mental illness.

[4:30] Some of the signs you may want to be alert to.

[8:15] What the underlying contributing factors can be.

[10:19] How to show support for your friend and reach out to someone that you trust if you worry that your peer, friend, or family member is in trouble.

[14:00] The impetus behind suicidal thoughts and how to address them and open the lines of communication.

[20:00] First steps and the fact that depression is a disease.

[20:40] Grief is a journey and some of the realizations that come with time.

[22:00] Tips for parents, teachers, and professionals to open up discussions around suicide.

Show Links

Kristi Hugstead's website

Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.