Suicide Prevention

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

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Signs of Self-Harm & How to Help

Self-harm (also known as self-injury) refers to intentionally harming oneself on purpose. Anyone can self-harm, but it’s particularly prominent among adolescents and young adults. One study found that 8% of people between ages 12-17 and 1 in 4 of all young people have...

How to Help a Teenager With Anxiety

Today’s teenagers are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety, and it can be difficult to know how to help. Read on to learn some key points to keep in mind when helping the teens in your life.  What does anxiety look like in teenagers? When it is formally diagnosed,...

ISTDP: Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

ISTDP (intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy) is a specific type of evidence-based psychodynamic therapy focused on resolving emotional disorders. ISTDP therapy can be used to treat: Anxiety disorders Mood disorders...

What Is Inner Child Work?

Your inner child is an integral part of who you are and what you do. In its simplest terms, an inner child is the younger version of yourself. As an adult, your inner child helps shape your thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and overall motivation.  Carl Jung...

How to Deal With Judgmental People 

Despite your best attempts to be compassionate or accepting, you will inevitably encounter judgmental people. You can typically tell if someone is judgmental early on during your interaction. They tend to be negative and sarcastic. They are also often demeaning...

Can Stress Make You Tired?

Understanding stress is fundamental to understanding mental health. When you think of stress, you might picture being on edge, keyed up, and full of adrenaline. For many people, stress turns into feeling tired and burned out. Here’s why:  What is stress? Stress...

Types of Therapy for Trauma

If you’ve experienced trauma, therapy can be an invaluable tool for healing. But with so many different types of trauma therapy, it can be difficult to know where to start.   What is trauma? When you hear the term “trauma,” you might think of Post-Traumatic Stress...

How to Become a Social Worker

Social workers enjoy rewarding careers working with individuals, families, schools, and larger communities. They work to help solve micro and macro-level problems. At their core, social workers strive to provide ethical and compassionate care to the people they...

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

Humans are wired to protect themselves from harm, but for some people, attempts at self-protection quickly turn into self-sabotage.  What is Self-Sabotaging? Self-sabotaging is a term often used to describe a strategy or set of actions undertaken with the goal of...

What If You Can’t Work Due to Mental Illness? 

Your mental illness may impact your ability to search for or successfully hold a job. This struggle doesn’t make you a failure. Work can be undoubtedly stressful, and some people find that their employment exacerbates their mental health symptoms. If you are...

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

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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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