Geek Therapist is back with an episode dedicated to exhaustion and alcohol consumption! On this episode, Aaron, Katie and Jocelyn have some incredible news about the suicide crisis prevention tip line that’s about to start in Utah. We listen to the best damn Kiwi send us a touching voicemail and finally do our best to psychoanalyze Ash Williams from the Evil Dead series. So grab your Necronomicon, make sure you remember Nikto, and download the latest episode!
Your hosts of the Geek Therapist podcast are back with another discussion about suicide and suicide prevention! Aaron, Katie and Jocelyn talk about the upcoming Walk Out Of Darkness at Liberty Park as well as the reaction to information about the Crisis Text Line. We then attempt to answer a listener question about taking the role of “victim stance” and drop hints about next week’s discussion of sex, intimacy and geek love.
After a bit of a hiatus due to life circumstances, the Geek Therapist and the Real Therapist (Aaron and Katie) return to discuss suicide awareness and prevention. The first half is fairly hefty, so the last half lightens it up a bit. We discuss the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con, our appearances at panels and how YOU can win tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of the Nerd Store at the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley, Utah. Finally, our amazing Kiwi listener, Nikki, shares her experiences with suicide for the rest of the listeners of this show.
Aaron here. I hate excuses. I really do. And here we are with one anyway. This past week, I received news that I had lost a close friend, one who was also a social worker. I say this because it has a lot to do with why I feel the need to post this. At first, we all assumed that we had lost this vibrant 28 year old woman to a sudden illness. Then we heard the rumors. Then we heard the truth. And then we heard that the family was refusing to admit the actual cause of death.
Depression and suicidal thoughts can hit anyone, no matter their education, their work experience, or their seemingly boundless amount of energetic optimism. The key though is talking about these feelings without shame of being judged, ostracized, or being a burden. But when you are lost in those moments, your brain becomes your worst enemy. You cannot feel anything but pain. Even the part of your brain that reminds you that you have felt joy before tells you that it will never happen again.
This past week was Suicide Prevention Week. My family and I participated in the Walk Out of Darkness event on Sunday because a dear friend lost her son to suicide two years ago. I had no idea I would also be walking for my friend who lost her battle just a few days prior.
All I ask of you all is to reach out. Talk when you are in that place that feels hopeless and endless. There are more people that love you than you could possibly ever imagine. I may not have met you, talked to you or seen you before, but I am one of those people. I will make time if I can respond. Wait until I can respond, please.
And stop hiding from the word ‘Suicide.’ The more we avoid that word, the more power it gains. The stronger its grip. IT IS NOT ABOUT A CRY FOR ATTENTION! IT IS A CRY FOR HELP! Talk frankly and openly about suicide in a respectful manner. Don’t belittle someone for having the thoughts. And don’t spend your time reminding them that they need to ignore them for the sake of everyone around them. It only reinforces the fear that they are a burden to those around them.
Hold them. Listen to them. Tell them how much they matter and that you will be there no matter what.
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