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Staying connected is crucial at all times; but, none more so than now! Having “Real Conversations” with our loved ones, friends and colleagues may be the only thing keeping us grounded during these unprecedented times. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is doing everything they can to help people stay connected and equip us with resources to have tough conversations.
In This Episode
Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer for the AFSP, and John discuss the importance of keeping Basic ADLs (Activites of Daily Living), staying connected and checking in on how we’re really doing.
- Staying connected to our support systems are crucial
- Physical (Social) Distancing ≠ Social Isolation
- The AFSP #RealConvo campaign has a number of resources to help
- Follow the AFSP on social media – @afspnational
The following is the National Suicide Prevention Helpline Information
HelpLine – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line – text TALK to 741741
Meet Dr. Christine Moutier
Dr. Christine Moutier (pronounced Moo-tee-ay) knows the impact of suicide firsthand. After losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. As a leader in the field of suicide prevention, Dr. Moutier joined AFSP in 2013, and it’s through her passion and commitment to the work that we see a lasting impact via research, education and support to communities across the U.S.
She has testified before the U.S. Congress and provided multiple Congressional briefings on suicide prevention, presented to the White House, spoken at the National Academy of Sciences, she co-anchored CNN’s Emmy Award winning Finding Hope suicide prevention town hall, and has appeared as an expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine, The Economist, The Atlantic, the BBC, CNN, NBC and other print and television outlets.
Throughout her career she has focused on training healthcare leaders, physicians, and patient groups in order to change the healthcare system’s approach to mental health, fighting stigma and optimizing care for those suffering from mental health conditions. In addition to co-founding AFSP’s San Diego Chapter, Moutier co-led a successful suicide prevention and depression awareness program for health science faculty, residents, and students, which featured AFSP’s groundbreaking Interactive Screening Program.
Since earning her medical degree and training in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Moutier has been a practicing psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry, dean in the medical school, and medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, treating diverse patient populations from Asian refugees to veterans to corporate and academic leaders. She also served as co-investigator for the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression study (STAR*D), a large National Institute of Mental Health trial on the treatment of refractory depression.
Moutier has authored articles and book chapters for publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Academic Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Psychiatric Times, Depression and Anxiety, and Academic Psychiatry.
You can follow Dr. Moutier on Twitter at @cmoutierMD.
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John is a licensed professional counselor with over 14 years of experience who specializes in counseling for individuals, couples, children, and adolescents. He focuses on working with anxious teens and adults, couples who are struggling to connect with one another, and those dealing with grief and loss.
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