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Our latest podcast recording session had me nervous. I’d never met our guest before, and she was going to be on our show talking about her step-son’s suicide. I didn’t know how to act. Would the entire episode just be sad? Would I cry? Would she cry? Could I make jokes?
I needn’t have worried. Jennie Baird talked about her step-son’s suicide, and a recent article she posted about it on Medium, with grace and thoughtfulness, and while there were some quiet, tender moments during the conversation, there were lots of light moments too.
I like to brag about how I’m raising independent, self-sufficient kids who will be fine out in the world, but talking to Jennie reminded me that sometimes there are issues below the surface that kids hide from us. I urge you to listen to the episode, and read the articles mentioned, and talk to your kids about how to get help if they have suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is.
We also talk to Jordan Shapiro (Forbes.com) about Amazon’s Kindle Free Time feature, and what it means to hand your kids’ screen time access over to the device. Many people see this as an easy way to monitor what their kids are doing online, but Jordan thinks it just trains kids to play until the device tells them they’re done, without developing any kind of self-control or motivation in the child.
As always, all of the links we talk about in the episode are listed below.
Plus, this is the last week that you can enter our giveaway!!!
And last, a big thank you to Jennie Baird for the suicide prevention info near the bottom of this post.
This week Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the NYC studio with a special guest, Jennie Baird, who wrote an amazing response to the NY Times article about college kids and suicide. They’re also joined by Jordan Shapiro from Forbes.com on the phone to discuss why he doesn’t like apps that control your kids’ screen time. And of course, our Bytes of the Week!
Parents Don’t Have To Worry About “Screen Time” Anymore, by Jordan Shapiro
Campus Suicide: A Mother Responds, by Jennie Baird, Medium.com
The Times Capitulates On Campus Suicides, by Jennie Baird, Medium.com
The Coddling of the American Mind, The Atlantic
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.
The American Association of Suicidology offer a directory of crisis centers, extensive information on warning signs, risks, training and additional resources.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers resources and professional referrals for both suicide prevention and coping after a loss.
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