MedCircle Original Series

Suicidal Ideation: How to Spot the Signs & Provide the Right Support

More than 9 million adults reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year. Learn the signs, treatment & communication strategies in this illuminating series.

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Series Overview

Suicidal Ideation 101: The Stages and When to Seek Help 9 Min

In our first session, Dr. Judy explains the nature of suicidal ideation and why it can evolve to something more serious. She also shares when you or your loved one should seek immediate help.

Risk Factors and Causes of Suicidal Ideation: A Breakdown 10 Min

Dr. Judy provides a comprehensive breakdown of the biological, environmental, and psychological causes and risk factors of suicidal ideation.

How to Recognize the Signs of Suicidal Ideation 12 Min

The signs of suicidal ideation are not obvious. Dr. Judy shares the physical, behavioral and emotional signs and how you can recognize them in this session.

How to Approach Talk to Someone with Suicidal Ideation 13 Min

Understanding how to approach someone experiencing suicidal ideation is difficult. In this session, Dr. Judy breaks down how to handle this delicate situation.

Treatment Options and Long-Term Management of Suicidal Ideation 14 Min

In our final session, Dr. Judy shares effective treatments and interventions for suicidal ideation. She also shares what life can look like in the long-term for someone who has suffered from suicidal thoughts.


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About the Series

This series contains definitions and descriptions of suicidal ideation. Some language may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. If you or a loved one is contemplating suicide, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicidal ideation can be so debilitating that it prevents someone from seeing past their own suffering. Both the stigma and the misconceptions around this fatal condition prevent its sufferers from seeking the right help, and prevent loved ones from providing the right support.

Additionally, It can be scary to broach the topic of suicidal thinking with a loved one who you suspect might be having those thoughts. Trying to understand the correct way to help someone through it is difficult and overwhelming.

This series is a starting point for you and your loved one to look past that suffering – and serves as a springboard towards the road to recovery.

In watching this series, you will gain a clear course of action to broach the topic and get loved ones the right help. You’ll understand what actually increases the risk of suicidal ideation – genetically, environmentally, and psychologically. You’ll learn how to recognize the signs of suicidal ideation. You’ll get clear strategies for talking to a loved one about their suicidal thoughts. And you’ll understand the short- and long-term treatment options.

More than 90 percent of people who have attempted suicide go on to live a fulfilling and engaged life. There is hope. Suicidal ideation is treatable and preventable.

Who is this series for?

This series is for family members and loved ones of someone who may be struggling with severe depression and/or suicidal ideation.

This series is also incredibly helpful for health workers and helping professionals who want an in-depth understanding of suicidal ideation from a seasoned neuropsychologist.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • Which mental health disorders are linked to suicidal thinking and why
  • The obvious and not-so-obvious signs of suicidal ideation – and why it’s so crucial to look at them collectively versus individually
  • What happens in the brain to cause someone to have suicidal thoughts
  • How family members and loved ones should react to someone experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • The most effective treatments and interventions for suicidal ideation

“Being able to see past the present moment of suffering is hard...[but] that moment of hopelessness, no matter how long you’ve experienced it, it is a transient emotion. There are ways to start to feel hope again."

Triple Board Certified Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychologist, Ph.D.


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