Suicide Prevention

There is hope. If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts in the United States, call 988

Additional resources are listed below. If you’d like access to a number of educational video series featuring credentialed psychologists and psychiatrists, provide your email at the bottom of this page. You got this.

Strengthening Your Self-Concept and Heal Your Attachment Wounds

When I ask you who you are, what do you imagine? Do you see yourself as attractive,intelligent, funny? Pride yourself on being a self-taught artist? Perhaps you value adventure,integrity, or community. Do you think you’re a compassionate and caring person who is a...

How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Disclosing that you want to end a marriage can be an unquestionably tumultuous experience. Regardless of the specific reasons why you want to divorce, it’s essential to approach this conversation with your spouse sensitively and compassionately. There is no universal...

The Contortions of Time When We Heal from Narcissistic Relationships

By: Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Founder & CEO, LUNA Education, Training, & Consulting, MedCircle Doctor Enough of you have seen me talking about narcissistic relationships on MedCircle that you get...

Practical Optimism: How to Use Optimism to Manage Your Emotions before They Manage You!

By: Sue Varma, M.D. Hi, MedCircle family! You've all been an important part of my journey in advocacy and mental health education. I wasdelighted to have many conversations with your amazing Medcircle host, Kyle Kittleson over theyears. Together, we embarked on a...

How to Co-Parent With Your Ex

Co-parenting refers to sharing the responsibilities and expectations of taking care of a family. Successful co-parenting entails separated or divorced parents coming together to raise their child. This type of parenting comes in many shapes and forms, but the...

How to Be An Exceptional Therapist

Exceptional therapists are dedicated to their crafts and put significant time, effort, and practice into their work. They know both their strengths and weaknesses, and they aim to grow throughout their professional careers. Exceptional therapists come from all...

I’m Sleeping Better- Now What?

By: Christina Pierpaoli Parker, PhD For people who struggle with initiating and maintaining sleep—oftentimes for decades—insomnia assumes centrality in their lives, even their identity.  A well-recognized clinical phenomenon in the world of behavioral sleep...

What Do Dreams Say About Your Mental Health? Theories and Studies

It’s believed that everyone dreams for about two hours each night, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s also common to have numerous dreams each night, with the average dream lasting only between 5-20 minutes (1). The most intense and memorable dreams happen...

Self-Care Activities for Counselors

It’s well-known that counselors and healthcare workers should be regularly engaging in self-care as part of their personal and professional well-being. Self-care can help mitigate the risk of burnout, and it’s also important for protecting your self-esteem, boosting...

How to Get a Client to Open Up in Therapy

Fewer dynamics can be more challenging for therapists than clients who respond minimally and without significant emotion in session. It is difficult to want to help someone who seemingly remains on the surface level. It is also unnerving to feel like you’re not doing...

Have a Life-Saving Conversation

With the rates of completed suicide are rising, (it is currently the 10th-leading cause of death), it’s more important than ever to get properly educated on the topic and understand options for help.

“Are you having thoughts about hurting yourself or others?”

Asking a loved one if they are struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation can be a difficult topic to bring up, but it can save a life. Practice compassionate questioning, listen openly and offer support free from judgment. In an emergency, call 911. You can learn more about how to have this life-saving conversation.

Causes of Suicide

It is estimated that 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Source

Suicide in Males

Suicide is 4X higher among men compared to women, accounting for nearly 80% of all US suicides. Source

Create a Safety Plan

Leveraging support systems, access to care, and education all contribute to preventing suicide. Start your safety plan with “Patient Safety Plan Template.” 

Watch In-Depth Educational Series

MedCircle is proud to provide in-depth series covering a variety of mental health topics. Access our video library here or on the MedCircle app.

Understanding suicidal ideation

Session 1 – Suicidal Ideation 101: The Stages and When to Seek Help

In our first session, triple-board certified forensic and neuropsychologist, Dr. Judy Ho 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.

Session 2 – Risk Factors & Causes of Suicidal Ideation: A Breakdown

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

Session 3 – How to Recognize the Signs of Suicidal Ideation

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.

Session 4 – How to Approach Talk to Someone with Suicidal Ideation

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

Session 5 – Treatment Options and Long-Term Management of Suicidal Ideation

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.

Dianne Grossman cyberbullying

Session 1 – What to Know About Cyberbullying & Why It’s So Widespread in Schools

Dr. Domenick Sportelli is a double-board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist and father of three boys. Dianne Grossman lost her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory Grossman, to suicide. Diane is now a brave and strong voice in anti-bullying. In our first session, Dr. Dom and Dianne break down what parents and loved ones absolutely need to understand about cyberbullying in today’s generation of children and teenagers. They reveal the key differences between “traditional” bullying and cyberbullying. Dianne shares her daughter, Mallory’s story and why cyberbullying can lead to such drastic mental health outcomes like self-injury and suicide.

Session 2 – How to Spot Symptoms from Cyberbullying & Handle the Situation Sensitively

Dr. Dom, Dianne, and Kyle explain the neurological impacts of cyberbullying on children, and why it affects them more deeply than it would an adult. They also discuss why kids bully in the first place, and how to teach empathy to children. They also shed light on the telltale signs that a child or teenager is a victim of online harassment—even if that child or teenager is trying to hide it—and how to communicate with them once you spot those signs.

Session 3 – How Parents, Schools, & Peers Can Help Victims of Cyberbullying

Spotting the signs that your child or loved one is a target of online harassment is one thing. Understanding how to combat cyberbullying, and ensure a positive mental health outcome for your child or loved one, is another. This session walks through how both siblings and parents can best support victims of cyberbullying in the short- and long-term. Kyle, Dianne and Dr. Dom also share how the educational and online landscapes need to change in order to fight the destruction of cyberbullying.

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