Encore Episode: A Mother Responds

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When the unimaginable happens, how does a mother respond?

Sad student sitting on a bench

Jennie Baird’s stepson committed suicide at college. Later, the New York Times posted a very popular article about campus suicide that did not ring true for Jennie, so she responded with a powerful post on Medium.com. Our conversation with her has stayed with me since we first aired this episode, especially as my own popular, happy, talented son creeps closer to college.

We also spoke with Jordan Shapiro about one of our favorite topics, screen time. And our Bytes of the Week!

Episode Links

Parents Don’t Have To Worry About ‘Screen Time’ Anymore, by Jordan Shapiro – Forbes

Kindle Free Time

Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection, by Julie Scelfo – NY Times

Campus Suicide: A Mother Responds, by Jennie Baird – Medium.com

The Times Capitulates On Campus Suicides, by Jennie Baird – Medium

Answers About Campus Depression and Suicide Risk Among College Students, by Julie Scelfo – NY Times

The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt – The Atlantic

The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

This American Life: The Problem We All Live With (2 parts)

Show Me A Hero on HBO

Show Me A Hero, by Lisa Belkin

Some resources and info about suicide and depression (thank you to Jennie Baird for this):

If you or someone you know is in crisis, find your way to a local emergency room. You can also text “START” to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also, a reminder:

There is no shame in feeling bad or seeking help.

Last year 16% of high school students seriously considered suicide.

Major depressive disorder affects over 14 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability among people ages 15-44.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10-24.

Among young people there are an estimated 25 suicide attempts for every completed suicide.

Additional resources:

The American Association of Suicidology offer a directory of crisis centers, extensive information on warning signs, risks, training and additional resources. http://www.suicidology.org

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers resources and professional referrals for both suicide prevention and coping after a loss. http://www.afsp.org

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