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Stick Around - A Suicide Discussion

Stick Around - A Suicide Discussion

By Kell Bjorn
If you are struggling with mental health, hopefully the experiences discussed here will help you know that you're not alone. Let's open up about mental health and suicide so more people WANT to Stick Around.
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Episode 35: Ali Psiuk

Stick Around - A Suicide Discussion

Episode 46: Clifford Bauman
Clifford Bauman is an internationally known motivational speaker talking about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mental Health and Suicide. As a survivor of an attempted suicide he realizes the importance of getting counseling and having a strong support structure. After being diagnosed with PTSD from 18 hours as a first responder to the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 terror attack, he initially dealt with his condition on his own. Cliff saw that that was not working, and he sought treatment, which changed his life; he now believes that counseling has made him a stronger man and a stronger Soldier. During our chat, Cliff recommended the following resources:
December 20, 2021
Episode 45: Jon Gossett
Jon Gossett recognized that there were too many people dying by suicide in his home town. This set him on a course of action. In February 2014, he founded the Life’s Worth Living Foundation to make a difference where he lived. The foundation has a three-fold mission to raise awareness, educate and prevent suicide. You'll be amazed at the amount of great things they are doing to make a difference!  You can see more about their foundation here: He's also got a podcast that you can find here: Life's Worth Living Podcast
November 10, 2021
Episode 44: Sharon Greenwald
Sharon Greenwald grew up in NY but now lives in Florida. She has a special bond with her dad and has one sister, a son and a daughter. After having an Abortion years ago, Sharon went into her first depressive episode and vowed to kill herself one day. She then asked for divorce in 2006, completely fell apart and had major depression for 10 years until her actual suicide attempt. Sharon is a very spiritual person that is a writer by trade and wrote her book, “Sixty-ninth Street Suicide” to explain the “why” that people often wonder about. You can find here book here:
October 27, 2021
Episode 43: Leslie Weirich (Round 2!)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I last interviews Leslie Weirich! For those of you that are new to “Stick Around”, I interviewed Leslie last year on Suicide Awareness Day. As a recap: Leslie’s son died by suicide on Sept 10th, 5 years ago. He was a stand out student and college football player. Leslie has spent her time ever since spreading awareness through speaking engagements and working with others to prevent suicide. Since then, Leslie has changed her website to and is teaching local school kids the power of the "Sources of Strength" program. More info about that program can be found here:
September 10, 2021
Episode 42: Kara O'Daniel
Kara O'Daniel was born with Spina Bifida. Her family was told that she would never walk and would most likely have mental disabilities. But they never gave up and she miraculously started walking at age 5! She underwent multiple various surgeries and in 6th grade was severely bullied causing her family to start a school for kids with special needs. Kara has really beat the odds by living independently and becoming a motivational speaker to help others get through tough challenges like bullying. During our chat, Kara recommended the "I Am Enough" movement and more specifically "The Blonde Bombshell" podcast. She also recommended the book "Making Sense Out Of Suffering", by Peter Kreeft. To follow more of that great things that Kara is up to, check out her website:!
September 01, 2021
Episode 41: Ashley Kesner
After struggling for the majority of her life with alcohol use, depression, an eating disorder, self-harm and surviving a suicide attempt, Ashley started a blog - GHOST IN MY BEDROOM - in order to keep herself accountable to her sobriety after failing so many times on her own. Needless to say, it worked! She never could have imagined the impact her 'cynical, not clinical' voice would have, not only helping her find herself, but thousands along the way. Because of that vulnerability, Ashley has discovered her voice and purpose - to turn her mess into a message - and help others struggling with the same ghosts that once haunted her. You can find more about Ashley's story on her blog at and her podcast at or wherever you find your podcasts. Ashley also shared a couple of resources that she finds helpful in her day to day life that can be found here: Daily Affirmators: The book "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero:
April 28, 2021
Episode 40: Melissa Rohlfs
Melissa Rohlfs is a certified holistic health and life coach helping busy women break free from stress/emotional eating and sugar bingeing so they can feel calm, confident and in control. Around food. Around sugar. In stressful situations. In their bodies. In their life. She is committed to empowering women to break free from dieting, emotional eating and self-image issues so they can ditch the diet mentality, and feel empowered in their own skin.  After her own tumultuous history with food {withholding and then later in life, bingeing}, she learned how to deal with the core issues around her broken relationship with food.  As a result, she felt called to go to school and learn to teach other women how to do the same.  She graduated from the Health Coach Institute as a Holistic Health and Life Coach in 2018 and is the proud owner of Free 2 B Coaching.  She is a proud Boilermaker alumna living in Tucson with her husband, Chad and two kiddos. She has a websited at and can be found on facebook at During our chat, Melissa recommended the book "Brain Maker" by Dr. David Perlmutter:
March 31, 2021
Episode 39: Tasha Hunter
Tasha Hunter is a mental health therapist and suicide attempt survivor. The author of the book, “What Children Remember” (which you can purchase here: This memoir poignantly sheds light on the emotional effects of childhood abuse. As a mental health advocate, Tasha specializes in the treatment of PTSD. One other podcast that Tasha likes to recommend for her clients is "The Adult Chair" by Michelle Chalfant:
March 17, 2021
Episode 38: Todd Sylvester
Todd Sylvester currently serves as a Mentor & Personal-Development Coach for those looking to get more out of life, and he also works at, what he calls the best University on the Planet, The Wasatch Recovery Treatment Center as a Belief System Counselor. Todd is the author of the popular book, “It’s Time To Start Living” and is featured in Simon Sinek’s book “Find Your Why”. During our chat, one of the most powerful tools he shared was what he calls the three R's to change one's self-image: Recognize, Refuse and Replace. Here are some links to find more inspiration from Todd: Books Todd has written: It's Time to Start Living: I Am Recovered: Todd's Podcast: Beliefcast: Todd's Website:
March 03, 2021
Episode 37: Jessica Northrop
Jessica Northrop is a licensed therapist and group therapy practice owner. She has been in the helping profession for over 20 years. She is a graduate of  Georgia Tech and now specializes in helping people resolve severe  emotional disturbances and to cease harmful and addictive behaviors. She  utilizes an evidenced-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which has been proven to help clients significantly reduce  harmful behaviors. She also treats people who are survivors of trauma  with an evidenced-based approach. She also received a certification as a  Daring Way Facilitator in 2019 and is able to help people with shame resilience practices based on the research of Brené Brown. Her practice is called The Northrop Connection, and you can follow her on Facebook at or join her free Facebook group called Soothing the Mind ( Her website is  She started a new group therapy subscription package in January 2021 which will allow an in depth group approach for people who are in need of connection. She is accepting new clients for group therapy. Jessica recommended a couple of books during our interview: "Building a Life Worth Living" by Marsha Linehan: "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown:
February 17, 2021
Episode 36: Tim Kellis
Tim is a Renowned Wall Street analyst that is taking on what could be considered society’s biggest problem today, divorce. The journey that led to him tackling such a significant issue was both personal and professional. After a successful career that eventually landed him on Wall Street Tim met what he thought was the girl of his dreams, only to see that relationship end with bitterness and anger. The journey included work with a marital therapist, and after he discovered the therapist wasn’t really helping decided to tackle the issue himself and has solved the marriage problem. If Tim's message strikes a cord with you and you'd like to learn more about his approach to happy marriages, you can reach him by email at: or on Facebook at: A book that Tim recommended during our chat was "Why Is This Happening To Me... Again?" by Michael Ryce:
February 03, 2021
Episode 35: Ali Psiuk
Ali is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a website called where she blends depth work with pragmatic tools. She also wrote a book that is coming out soon called, “The Therapist Next Door”. You can pre-order a copy on her website here: Books referenced during our chat: What should I do with my life? The Noonday Demon - Make your Mess Your Memoir -
January 20, 2021
Episode 34: Jeff Marconette Jr.
Jeff Marconette Jr, “the international Make Every Second Count speaker” is a transformational speaker, author, coach, a youth mentor and the host of Make Every Second Count Live on Facebook and YouTube, all from the sleepy town of Piqua, Ohio.  His life nearly ended at the young age of 17 while waiting to turn at a green light.  After 18 years of recovery, which he still continues today, he now sees why it is so important to Make Every Second Count, he stresses that point to everyone he works with because very few people ever get a second chance at life and he doesn’t want anyone to waste the one they get.  It's time for you to stop wasting time and learn how to Make Every Second Count. Jeff is the author of the book "Make Every Second Count", which can be found here: You can access the first 7 days of his 1500 hour journal on his website here:
January 06, 2021
Episode 33: Danielle Smason
Danielle Smason is a free spirit who loves to experience all life has to offer. She wants to bring a deep awareness to women of the potential reasons why they haven't found their answer to healing their emotional and physical pain. And also why they have found more love in their possessions, relationships and success rather than in themselves. Danielle is a deep old soul who can read through people and bring a completely new awareness using the transformation process she’s created that awakens a woman’s radiance. If you have resonated with Danielle's work discussed in this episode, hit her up on Facebook here! She also recommended the book, "The Big Leap", by Gay Hendricks.
December 23, 2020
Episode 32: Sandahl Taylor
Sandahl Taylor is the spouse of an army veteran and mother to two beautiful children; one of which was diagnosed with ODD and SPMD. After her father suffered a heart attack in 2005 and surviving an abusive relationship, Sandahl found her knight in camouflage armor. She has spent the last 19 years advocating for heart and mental health awareness, which is her main focus in her beauty pageantry competition platform. During our chat, Sandahl encouraged everyone to go get CPR certified by the American Heart Association!
December 16, 2020
Episode 31: Gordon Corsetti
Gordon Corsetti has experienced mental illness first hand and has survived suicide attempts. Gordon has collected various tools in the pursuit of permanent recovery from depression and anxiety. He writes about philosophy, and different modes of thought that he has experimented with to refine his perspective on life on his website: He also speaks to the unique human ability to change our minds, and shows how to use tools to accomplish that change. During our chat, Gordon mentioned an article that was written about him on the US Lacrosse Magazine website. That story can be found here: He also referenced the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website: of which he is a field advocate for. Gordon then recommended a couple of books: "Speak Fearlessly Always" by Susie Reynolds Reece "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker
December 09, 2020
Episode 30: Johnson Chong
Johnson Chong is  the award-winning author of Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma. He was  the founder of Sagehouse in Singapore, a studio for yoga, pilates,  meditation and spiritual workshops and coaching. He is a native New  Yorker, and has lived on 3 continents, currently based in Sydney,  Australia. He specializes in helping people break free of their mental, emotional and spiritual roadblocks so they can live more aligned to their inner peace and joy versus their fears. Having worked with corporate professionals in various fields, he has a strong interest in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized populations. He has also spoken and led workshops at companies like Unilever, Facebook, Nike, UBS, UOB and various other organizations. Johnson is known as a bridge between ancient wisdom and direct modern  application. In his dynamic coaching style, he integrates the practical  and most useful parts of yogic wisdom, meditation, somatic movement,  energy medicine and shamanic journeying to help his clients breakthrough daily self-criticism and emotional overwhelm. The unique experiences  that Johnson curates offer a profoundly healing self-discovery  experience, followed by very practical and actionable steps to create the most powerful breakthroughs. In this episode, Johnson shared some resources and links to how you can find him and the work he is a part of: Johnson's page on the worlds largest meditation library: His podcast "Truth Wisdom Freedom Conversations":  _   Instagram:   Facebook:   LinkedIn: Email: He also recommended the following books by Lynn McTaggart:  "The Power of Eight" "The Field"
December 02, 2020
Episode 29: Ricardo Zulueta
Ricardo is a serial entrepreneur with an educational background in Finance. He’s acquired knowledge in different fields from his business ventures in the influencer, fashion, and tattoo industries and a non-profit foundation for suicide prevention. Based on his experience in losing a brother to suicide, he learned that most people don't get sad or depressed because of their situation; it's because of their perspective. He’s learned that a negative perspective evolves into anxiety, depression, drug abuse, etc., and eventually suicidal tendencies. Depression, anxiety, drugs, etc. are results, not the cause. Remedying results instead of the cause and waiting for symptoms do not solve these problems. This is why we launched, Start Day One, a non-profit to proactively help people's mental health by speaking at schools, companies, events, etc. for free BEFORE getting depression or suicidal tendencies. During our chat Ricardo recommended two books for our listeners: "Mind Over Medicine" by Lissa Rankin: "Personality Isn't Permanent" by Benjamin Hardy:
November 25, 2020
Episode 28: Genesis Amaris Kemp
Genesis Amaris Kemp has chosen to speak up for not only minorities but also anyone who has been slighted on the job in any way. From her personal testimony, she helps others learn how speaking up brings awareness so that long-lasting change can be made. She is also passionate about sharing tactics on how to combat suicidal thoughts and is the author of "Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit to The Palace", which can be found here: One of my favorite things Genesis discusses was the Three R's: Refuel, Refocus and Realign! Listen in for more details! During our chat she recommended as a great resource. So go check it out!
November 18, 2020
Episode 27: Heidi Vawdrey
Heidi Vawdrey has been a registered nurse for 20 years, 17 years of which were in adult intensive care and the last three as an advanced practice  registered nurse working in family medicine.  In the ICU, she frequently cared for people who had survived overdose suicide attempts.  When she began her doctoral program at the University of Utah to study to become a  family nurse practitioner, it became apparent very quickly how much  mental health is deeply intertwined in physical health.  Heidi has been volunteering with Healthy Riverton, a citizen led community committee, for nearly five years now, and one of their primary focuses is on suicide  prevention.  Through Healthy Riverton, she is a certified QPR instructor, a  nationally recognized suicide prevention curriculum.  In her private medical practice, she screens widely for mental health symptoms and unresolved trauma. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the College of Nursing, and educates her students on this approach as well.  She was never trained or particularly comfortable with having hard discussions about suicidal thoughts as a bedside nurse, and it's become such a pressing problem that it is part of her quest as a professor and provider to normalize this for the new generation of providers and give them the tools to handle it. Some resources Heidi shared during our chat include the following: "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk. This book can be found here: Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams: SafeUT Suicide Prevention App:
November 11, 2020
Episode 26: Movember
GLOBALLY, ON AVERAGE, 1 MAN DIES BY SUICIDE EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY!  I used to think of "Movember" as just a month where guys would grow a mustache to raise awareness about prostate cancer. While that is true, it has become so much more than that. In recent years there has been a focus on men's mental health and suicide prevention efforts during the month of November. Last year at work, there was a group that decided to grow mustaches for fun to support mental health. For me it really was just a fun way to be involved in something and an excuse to have a curled mustache for a month. It turns out that the very day after I shaved off my Movember mustache, my friend from Washington died by suicide. The shock of it all mixed with the month I had just spent for "preventing" suicides really hit me hard. That experience led me to this podcast 26 episodes later. In this episode, I share some insights about Movember and what kinds of things you and I can do to really make a difference and hopefully lower the amount of deaths by suicide. Check out the following sites to get involved!
November 04, 2020
Episode 25: Lark Dean Galley
Lark Dean Galley has recently felt called to help and serve those who struggle with their value and purpose. Having overcome immense personal challenges in her 55+ years of life, she has continued to grow in her empathy and compassion towards others. After working in the corporate world for 25 years, she left to run her father’s trucking company when he passed away unexpectedly from suicide after struggling with mental illness for most of his life. Realizing there were many entrepreneurs who could benefit from her experience, Lark started her own consulting business. Her 19 year old son’s suicide in March 2019 reinforced what she’d been hearing from many of her high achieving clients – they felt unworthy and incapable of reaching their goals. Lark went from coaching on the externals to focusing on why each person matters. Her goal is to help 100,000 people choose to stay on this planet and step into their greatness. She has done this in a variety of capacities, but in each she has used the tools and lessons learned from her own struggles. During our chat, Lark shared that her new book, “Learning to Breathe Again: Choosing to Heal After Losing a Loved One to Suicide” will release on Amazon on November 10th! For more information you can check it out on her website: or order after November 10th here: You can also find helpful resources on Lark's site here:
October 28, 2020
Episode 24: Mitch Strahlman
Mitch Strahlman is a Masters I/O Psychology Student and Health Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as a Volunteer Counselor at the Suicide Prevention Hotline. He graduated from Michigan State with his Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management and minor in Economics in 2018. Then he worked in Supply Chain for two years, and went back to school full time this fall to pursue Psychology. His end goal is to research ways we can prevent and decrease the amount of suicides in the United States. During our chat, Mitch recommended checking out Adam Grant on social media. He's an organizational psychologist who's work can be found here: In addition, Mitch mentioned that really the best thing to help our mental health is to get out and do something we enjoy!
October 21, 2020
Episode 23: Christian Hampshire
Christian Hampshire has been a supporter with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah for about 20 years. He is also a co-founder of “Band2Gther” which is a community of people striving to elevate mental health prosperity and overcome depression. Christian is an avid trail runner and has planned an upcoming run Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon… 8 TIMES!!  Here's a link to his Band2Gther site where you can find community info and his podcast as well:  During our chat, Christian also mentioned the following as great resources for interested listeners: Tom Bilyeu motivational speeches: The book "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins:
October 14, 2020
Episode 22: Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 4th to October 10th 2020 is recognized as Mental Illness Awareness Week in The United States. In this week's episode I go over some of resources and recommendations from the Mental Health America website which can be found here: So this week in particular, let's all Stick Around and look around for people that may need our support in getting they help that they need to improve their mental health.
October 07, 2020
Episode 21: Felix Dey
Felix Dey Grew up and went to college in Germany and received a degree in economics. He then came to Los Angeles, CA in early 2019 to start graduate school and graduated in 2020 with a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the USC Marshall School of Business Felix started doing stand up comedy in late 2019 and performed in comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv (now doing Zoom shows). He also hosts a podcast series “The Deyly Show” about personal growth, purpose and passion and is in working on a new book with the title “Humor Is How We All Survive: The Ironic Link Between Comedy and Tragedy” (Expected publication April 2021). During our interview, Felix brought up the following as great inspirational resources: "Compete to Create" - by Dr. Michael Gervais with Pete Carroll: "Finding Mastery" - a podcast series by Michael Gervais:
September 30, 2020
Episode 20: Laura Warburton
In 2014, Laura's daughter, Hannah Rashelle Warburton completed suicide at the age of 16. 18 months earlier, Hannah was in a car accident where she sustained a head injury that was basically ignored. It was a concussion that developed into post concussive syndrome which exasperated her anxiety and created deep depression which eventually caused mental illness. They tried to help her with therapy, natural supplements, and antidepressants. But It wasn't enough. After that experience the "Live Hannah's Hope - Empowering Youth" website was born. You can access all of the resources mentioned on Laura's website:
September 23, 2020
Episode 19: Suicide Prevention Month
September is widely known as Suicide Prevention Month with the 10th being recognized as World Suicide Prevention Day. I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't been involved with this podcast and met so many amazing people through it. It's truly been a wonderful experience discussing this important topic with people all over the world! In today's episode, I share my own insights on what I've learned and review some powerful tools we can use to improve our own mental health. I mentioned the book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" by Dale Carnegie which can be found here: I also mentioned that if any of you "Stickers" out there ever want to send me feedback or ideas for the show, you can email me! Here is my address:
September 16, 2020
Episode 18: Leslie Weirich
Leslie Weirich was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and studied Journalism at Indiana University. She's been involved in sales, marketing and recruiting during her career but after she and her husband Keith lost their son Austin to suicide 4 years ago, Leslie began speaking to groups of teenagers about their experience. She learned just how many kids were hurting and how their story could open them up to talking about their pain. Later on, she was asked to be the keynote speaker for the largest non-profit in their state at their annual fundraiser. That evening that she spoke, they raised over $259k to put licensed clinical therapists in schools!  Some resources that Leslie shared during our interview:
September 09, 2020
Episode 17: Damian Todd
Damian Todd is a 22 year veteran of the British Royal Marines Commandos. He has visited 76 countries to date, ultimate goal is to visit 100 as a bucket list item. He is also a philanthropist whose ‘crazy ventures’ have returned almost $300,000 for charities – One being The Gumpathon, an event which raised $250,000 by way of 4 men taking 63 days to run from New York to Los Angeles. The other entitled ‘Roll around the clock’, conducted only last year which established a world record in Brazilian JiuJitsu and raised $35,000 for RUOK. Damian has competed at national level for 2 sports, Track Athletics and Bobsleigh and has won several European titles. He has also tarted a business called The Force of Inspiration through a mindset of leading by inspiring, and by way of a love for his favorite childhood film: Star Wars. During our chat, Damian mentioned Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning" as a great resource for those struggling with mental health.
September 02, 2020
Episode 16: Jeff Riseley
With a decade of sales experience, Jeff understands the importance of Mental Health in achieving peak sales performance. Battling anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks throughout his sales career - Jeff has used his knowledge of Mental Health to inspire sales teams to reach their full potential through better Mental Health and well-being. This became especially important, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the summer of 2018. The same strategies involving - mindsets, perspective, self-awareness, empathy, self-control, mindfulness, optimism, grit and habits - that made him successful in sales also aided in his swift recovery. As a successful individual contributor, sales leader and of late - sales mentor/consultant - Jeff has experience working with sales teams of any size at any stage of growth. Jeff is the primary voice of the Sales Health Alliance and available for Speaking Engagements, Custom Tailored Workshops and One on One consulting projects. During our chat, Jeff shared insights from the book "The Wisdom of Anxiety" by Sheryl Paul and also recommended "Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization" by Scott Berry Kaufman as a great resource for mental health study. Jeff also mentioned that he has a series of e-books that can be accessed here: For all other information about Jeff's trainings, insights and consulting, head over to his Sales Health Alliance website at:
August 26, 2020
Episode 15: Kabri Lehrman-Schmid
Kabri Lehrman-Schmid is an accomplished controller of building strategy and an attentive coordinator of construction teams. A Superintendent with a 13-year career portfolio of high-risk projects, she’s put more $1.5 billion of work in place in the aviation and higher education market sectors across the nation. Recognized as one of Construction Business Owner’s 2019 Outstanding Women in Construction and the recipient of Washington Women in Trades' 2019 Workplace Leader Award, she is a champion for careers in construction management and the skilled trades.  As a conscious role model for the next generation of female superintendents, she boldly reinforces the rising emphasis on psychological safety – advancing the industry through initiatives that examine bias and challenge the stigma of suicide in construction. She is co-chair of the Washington State-focused Construction Suicide Prevention Task Force (in partnership with UW's Forefront Suicide Prevention Program) and champion of the AGC of Washington’s Culture of Care initiative. During our chat, Kabri mentioned the following sites as great resources for those struggling with mental health: If you'd like to hear more about the work Kabri is doing, check out this webinar she recently piloted:
August 19, 2020
Episode 14: Tyler Menke
Tyler is a well rounded guy with a Bachelors Degree and MBA from Xavier University in Ohio. He is also the author of a book called “A Pirate's Guide to Sales”. He also attended pitch school to master his Presentation skills and has been open about his own struggles with depression and anxiety. Things he is most proud of include: Multiple President’s Club/top 10% awards Successfully built and launched a Tech Business His balance of work, family and charity During our chat Tyler mentioned the book, "Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod as a great way to establish morning routines in your life. He also mentioned that Hal Elrod has a podcast that focuses on Mental Health and achieving goals.
August 12, 2020
Episode 13: Mary & Jason Sturgeon
Mary & Jason Sturgeon are both “Principle Wayfinders” at Arcade Wayfinding; which helps construction businesses ‘grow up!’ Using a hands-on approach, their training series focuses on workshops, games, interactive activities and keeping people talking, laughing and engaged. One of their core beliefs is that if you’re not engaged, you’re not learning. You can find their website at ​ and you can also find their podcast, The Critical Path with Mary and Jason at​. During our chat, the Sturgeons had a few recommendations to share with all you listeners out there: Burnout - The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski
August 05, 2020
Episode 12: Kristen Coltrin
Kristen Coltrin is currently finishing her last semester of her masters program at NNU as a Clinical Social Worker. Last year she interned at the Idaho Suicide Hotline and trained and spoke with over 1,500 church leaders and members about how to address suicide. This year she has been  counseling students, substance abusers and facilitating a high school LGBTQ group. Kristen  has been married to her boyfriend Cory Coltrin for thirty years and together they have three amazing children. She is passionate about  helping to break the stigmas surrounding mental health and getting the help needed to live a healthy life. During our chat, Kristen mentioned as a great way to get involved in your community and also a book by Thomas Joiner titled "Why People Die By Suicide", which can be found on Amazon here:
July 29, 2020
Episode 11: Pearl Phelendaba Chunga
Pearl has over five years of experience in community engagement. Currently, her focus area is mental health awareness and is the founder of the Walk With Me Foundation, a mental health awareness and support non-profit organization. She also runs her own business as an event planner. With alcoholism and drug abuse very close to home, and her personal experiences with anxiety and depression which included not being able to freely speak about it or access help easily, Pearl is passionate about getting Zambia to a place where mental illness is openly spoken about and given equal priority to physical health. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and also a Top 2019 Unleash Talent. Pearl is determined to grow and expand her work in the mental health sector in Zambia and across the African continent. During our interview, Pearl mentioned the app "The Mighty" as a great resource for anyone struggling with mental health. The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them. You can find this resource at or in your mobile app store.
July 22, 2020
Episode 10: Dan Rowe
Dan Rowe is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health within male dominated environments. Having had a challenging journey with his own mental health he has used these experiences to help others. Dan has worked with numerous businesses to create well-being strategies focused on challenging the idea that 'Men Don't Talk'.  Outside of work, Dan loves to spend time with his son and is the co-host of a podcast/radio show called 'The 84'. In our interview, Dan mentioned how practicing gratitude and using the app "3 Good Things" has helped him see his life more positively. He also shared a book called "Lost Connections" by Johann Hari that he shouts about from the rooftops!
July 15, 2020
Episode 9: Darrell Robinson
Darrell Robinson has been a teacher of high school and college students for over 20 years. He was a school board member over the Herriman UT Area where in 2017-18 there was a cluster of student suicides. Darrell helped the school board and district understand that suicide is not an issue we should sweep under the rug. He has written an article on his website titled “Rats in the Cellar” in reference to a quote from C.S. Lewis. During our interview, Darrell mentioned a video that was put together by Alex Boyé and the Herriman UT community for the American Association for Suicide Prevention.
July 08, 2020
Episode 8: Wendy Tyler
Wendy Tyler and her husband have been married 34 years and have five children. Their youngest son, Christian, took his life almost 4 years ago... when he was 15. Wendy had no idea at that time how  prevalent suicide was and had no idea it was the second leading cause of death for adolescents in Texas. Not long after Christian died, she got involved  with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and served on the  North Texas board for a year. Wendy also chairs the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Prosper, TX every fall. This November will be their 4th walk. Wendy is also a huge advocate for Hope Squad in schools. She introduced them to the district leadership in Prosper and they have been roiled out to all schools; elementary through high school.  Word got out to other districts, and they are being implemented in many  districts in the surrounding areas now. Wendy is an educator and teaches seventh graders at a middle school in Frisco.
July 01, 2020
Episode 7: Morgan Kartchner
For a good portion of his childhood, Morgan Kartchner grew up on a small military base in Utah called Dugway Proving Grounds. Since there wasn’t much to do, he spent a good majority of his time at the gym. In high school, Morgan participated in almost everything available - cross-country, baseball, basketball, track, theater and band. By the time Morgan graduated high school, he had already completed his Associates Degree as well. He then went on to graduate from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in Information Systems Management and now works as a Director of Engineering for one of the biggest websites on the Wasatch Front in Utah. Morgan and his lovely wife of 10 years have two beautiful children. Also, he loves Ice Cream.
June 24, 2020
Episode 6: Steven Jarvis
Steven is married, has 2 kids, and has lived in Spokane, WA for almost 10 years. He works as a CPA at  CliftonLarsonAllen and as an adjunct professor at Whitworth University in their MBA program. He loves being outdoors, spending time with family,  reading and being active. One great resource Steven mentioned in the episode was the book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
June 17, 2020
Episode 5: Judi Van Eperen: PART 2
Judi  Van Eperen is a wife to Ray and mother to 5 children and one angel.   She lost her middle son to suicide in December 2017.  Her family, her  life, and her outlook have changed forever.  In honor of her son Chris  she strives to promote mental health and suicide awareness, perform  daily acts of kindness as he did, and encourage others to do the same.
June 10, 2020
Episode 4: Judi Van Eperen: PART 1
Judi  Van Eperen is a wife to Ray and mother to 5 children and one angel.   She lost her middle son to suicide in December 2017.  Her family, her  life, and her outlook have changed forever.  In honor of her son Chris she strives to promote mental health and suicide awareness, perform  daily acts of kindness as he did, and encourage others to do the same.
June 03, 2020
Episode 3: William Brown
On October 31, 2001, William took his 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass out on an open highway and crashed head on into an oncoming semi truck. He was in a coma for 2 months and rehabilitation for another 2 months after his miraculous survival. William had to relearn everything over again; from how to use his muscles, how to read and write, how to speak, and every other day-to-day task most of us take for granted.  Now, he is an author and speaker focusing his efforts toward others who are struggling in life. William's book can be found on Amazon here: Head On with a Semi... but I'm Still Alive.
May 29, 2020
Episode 2: Jason Webb
Jason Webb is a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and ASUDC (Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor). He has been working in the addiction field for 21 years. Jason has seen a lot of suicides in that time including close friends and neighbors. He currently works at the Phoenix recovery center and often times sees suicide and drugs as people’s solution and not the actual problem. Jason is also the author of a book titled “The Reality of Perception” which can be found on Amazon here: The Reality of Perception. During this episode, Jason recommended the book, "Feeling Good" by David Burns.  He also referenced the National Suicide Hope Line: 1-800-784-2433.
May 29, 2020
Episode 1: Kell Bjorn Intro
This is an introductory episode describing my background and why I  believe the conversation of suicide and mental health needs to be more  open. I'm obviously not a professional by any means on this topic but  I'm passionate and curious and look forward to learning from others in  this journey.
May 26, 2020