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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:
- Academic or parental pressures
- Eating disorders
- Peer pressure
- 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.
[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.
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