Suicide Prevention

There is hope. If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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.

How to Achieve Goals [Science-Backed Strategies for Success]

How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution? Or what about starting that new goal on Monday? If you’re like most people, you might associate a new year or a new week with a new start. But if you’re also like most people, your resolve wears down quickly, and...

How to Respond to a Mean Person [Advice from a Therapist]

It can be hard to deal with challenging or mean people in your life. Whether you’re dealing with a single negative encounter or facing a persistent pattern with a loved one, it’s important to learn how to respond to these individuals appropriately and effectively. ...

Schizotypal Vs. Schizophrenia

Although the two may share similar names, schizotypal personality disorder and schizophrenia are entirely different mental health conditions. Understanding the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options can be beneficial for supporting you or your loved ones. What...

The Different Types of Stress

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but excess stress can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional well-being.  Research shows that 55% of Americans report feeling stressed during the day. Women report higher stress levels than men, and people aged...

Struggling with Emotional Regulation? Try These Strategies. 

Life goes through a lot of ups and downs. It’s normal for our emotions to fluctuate along with them. You may feel on top of the world at times, and at other times as if things are utterly hopeless. Most of us like to land somewhere in between.  Emotions are a...

Why Do Some People Struggle With Mental Health?

And Others Don't? Mental health is undoubtedly complex, but mental health problems affect many people worldwide. Research shows that approximately one in five Americans (and one in six children) experiences mental illness. But what explains why some people have...

What Exactly Is Behavioral Health? 

Behavioral health is often used interchangeably with terms like mental health or emotional health, but it’s important to understand its specific definition. Behavioral health refers to the various “behaviors” that improve the overall mind and body. Integrating these...

Mental Health First Aid | Learn It & Apply It

Unfortunately, we live in a society that largely stigmatizes mental health. For that reason, many people do not receive the support they need. As a result, their symptoms may worsen, exacerbating even more problems.  The concept of mental health first aid refers...

Anxious Attachment: Signs and Solutions

Having a strong attachment to someone might sound like a bad thing. This term has become synonymous with “codependency” or “dependence” in popular literature. Yet, attachment theory is still widely misunderstood. However, attachment is actually a normal and...

The 10 Personality Disorders | Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment

 There are 10 personality disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Personality disorders are persistent, rigid behavioral patterns that affect daily functioning. While the symptoms can be mild or severe, many people with personality...

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 complementary, in-depth series covering a variety of mental health topics. Access our complimentary and ad-free series 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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