September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Knowing how to recognize, address and talk about stressors, mental health, loss and grief; is critical in helping those we love and care for and help to reduce ever increasing suicide rates. Tune in for a Conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and Alysia Hendry, suicide prevention coordinator for the county of San Luis Obispo about hope, resilience and recovery.

If we can't talk about it how can we make it better? September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention month -  so it's time to have the conversation about one of the most difficult mental health issues we face. No one is immune and suicide does not discriminate - so everyone needs to be aware of the red flags, recognize triggers and be willing to reach out for help when they need it or be there for someone who may be struggling. Join us for this important hour with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

Broadcast date: 10/02/2014

According to the CDC, with over 38,000 people dying by suicide in the U.S. each year, the numbers of deaths from suicide now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention claims as many as 90% of individuals dying by suicide have treatable mental disorders, many of which have gone untreated or discovered.  

Suicidal Ideation

Aug 29, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/26/14

It's a painful part of the human journey that we don't like to face or talk about, yet our silence is part of the problem. How can we best help ourselves and others struggling with suicidal ideation, or recover from the loss of a loved one who has taken their own life? Your calls with questions and comments are an important part of this hour.

Suicide Prevention

Jul 14, 2014

Suicide rates in the U.S. are rising sharply.  In her book, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against Itpoet and historian, Jennifer Michael Hecht, searches for history’s most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Tony Huffaker, Director of Counseling for Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.  Tony discusses the upcoming International Survivors of Suicide Day.  We will hear what the Day is about, misconceptions about suicide, and where people can go for support.