On this episode of GROUP, we debunk some dangerous myths about suicide, and we break down what to do if you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts. We do so with the help of psychotherapist and suicidologist, Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, author of Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals,”and the woman behind speakingofsuicide.com

A trigger warning that we briefly discuss self-harm, and the myth that cutting means suicidality. For those who need immediate help in the US, please consider calling The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international folks, here’s a list of hotlines for countries around the world.


Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Freedenthal is a Denver psychotherapist, consultant, and associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She has extensive clinical experience in crisis and suicide prevention settings. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, was published in September 2017 by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. She is also the creator of speakingofsuicide.com, a site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals, and the merely curious.