EP 55 - Understanding Suicide

Summary: Learn more about suicide and how you can help a friend in need.
Air Date: 9/12/18
Duration: 30:48
Host: Dr. Ward Bond
Guest Bio: George Vernadakis, Senior Editor of Everyday Health
GeorgeVernadakisHeadshotGeorge Vernadakis is Senior Editor at leading digital health and wellness company Everyday Health. He oversees the Everyday Health newsroom and is responsible for coverage of several condition areas including infectious diseases, asthma, allergies, and psoriatic diseases. He joined Everyday Health to launch the Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta site and newsletter. George has more than two decades of editorial experience at award-winning publications and websites such as Advertising Age, Variety, Spy Magazine, and Weight Watchers. He was also a member of the team that launched The Daily, the first newspaper for the iPad.
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EP 55 - Understanding Suicide
George Vernadakis of Everyday Health saw the suicide statistics and had to do something about it. Everyday Health published an extensive report about suicide risk factors and how to help.

Self injury deaths (overdose and suicide) are higher in Americans than those caused by diabetes. Suicide rates are climbing.

Suicide is complex and rarely has just one contributing factor. Financial trouble, illness, relationship difficulty and substance abuse play a role. Social media may be a factor among younger people, leading them to feel isolated and depressed.

Red Flags

  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or isolation
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Worrying about being a burden to others
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Substance abuse
The red flags may be subtle and may not all be present. Keep communication open with the person who is enduring some trouble.

Listen as George joins Dr. Bond to discuss the latest findings on suicide and how to help when a friend may be in need.

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