Episode 137

What Does Suicide Prevention Look Like? with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

September 14, 2022 • 80 minutes

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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical psychologist. Mental health advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor. She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy (www.ManTherapy.org) and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the White House on men’s mental health. And somehow, we were lucky enough to get  90 mins of her time.

This week on Dirt Talk, host Aaron Witt chats with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas about a heavy topic: suicide prevention, especially in the workplace. Dr. Sally shares what led her to the mission of suicide prevention education, what suicide prevention actually looks like, and the challenges of managing mental health in the Dirt World. Dr. Sally clearly has a passion for the work, and we appreciate all of the wisdom, data, and tools that she shared with us.

You can learn more about Dr. Sally and her work at sallyspencerthomas.com.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it only felt right to chat with some people this month who are actively working to serve and care for at-risk people and help fix a system that needs it. If you want to learn more, you can start here.


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