Bonus Episode - Stephenie Sofield - Mental Health

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     Stephenie and I discuss the popular Netflix show "13 Reasons Why", which touches on some serious topics such as mental health, suicide ideation and prevention, the role that media can play in awareness and prevention of suicide and other potentially tragic situations, and other aspects of life. It's certainly no secret that opinions are shared and discussed, so be ready to hear someone with a passionate opinion and facts and research to back that up. This is a very personal topic to me. I'm glad that this discussion took place; I think it's extremely important to talk about mental health and suicide, and we talk about how some things in this show are off the mark in HOW they bring them to light.

     Please, be extremely careful when or if you choose to watch this show, especially if you or someone you know has any sort of personal connection with mental health disorders, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, or any sort of trauma that could cause a triggered negative emotional reaction. It's important to have some context for the show, so if you choose to watch, please don't watch it alone. If you know of someone who might be dealing with any sort of suicidal thoughts of tendencies, please reach out to them. An open dialogue goes a long way, and it's a huge step to let your loved ones know they're loved BEFORE they NEED your help. We talk about this in the episode, so I will try not to be redundant.


Below are some links for your perusal. We talk in the episode about different types of therapy, ways to help someone or yourself if you're having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, links to literature that give valuable insight and usable information on the subject, and links to other information about the topic.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, 2012 - United Percussion's 2017 Program, Sir Isaac's Wonder at WGI Finals

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I cannot stress how important mental health is. Please don't take for granted that a TV show, whose goals pertain to ratings, clicks, watches, and MONEY, will have your best interest at heart when dealing with such a sensitive topic.

I also want to have it written out in public that if you're struggling with something, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask me for help. If not me, then reach out to someone. There's so many wonderful people who have dedicated their lives to helping others through times like some you may be experiencing. We're here for you. We love you. We are here to help you when you need it.

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