Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Through Inspiration

Meet Greg Van Borssum and Joe Williams. They don’t just talk about suicide prevention, they live it. Every day.

In March of 2016, I had the opportunity to serve as a Social Media Ambassador for the National Council on Behavioral Health at their annual conference. NatCon16 brought together almost 5,000 mental and behavioral health specialists for dozens of talks, presentations, poster displays and, most importantly, the chance to connect. As a Social Media Ambassador, my job was to capture my unique perspective on the event and share it via social media. As I wandered through the exhibition halls I met dozens of software companies, pharma representatives, educational training firms and workplace wellness programs.

Suicide Prevention through InspirationTurning down an aisle I heard voices with “not from around here” accents belonging to Australians Greg Van Borssum and Joe Williams. When you meet Greg and Joe it’s easy to make a false assumption. What you see are strong, chipper, intelligent men who were successful professional athletes. What you don’t see is their struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.  Being at #NatCon16 gave them the opportunity to take their suicide prevention through inspiration message to a larger audience.

This podcast episode took place in the Exhibition Hall of NatCon16, a very lively space with lots of great conversations happening all around us. Our interview competes with a bit of background noise but both Greg and Joe were very eloquent in their thoughts so I’m sure you would mind a bit of hubbub.

To learn more about Greg’s work, click on his sites below:

The Enemy WithinTo learn more about Joe’s work, click on his sites below:

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Stuck on Social Work with Sean Erreger

Sean Erreger is “Stuck on Social Work” and he likes it that way. Sean is a Social Work blogger and Mental Health Case Manager for youth in Saratoga Springs, NY. He is very active in a number of tweet chats that discuss suicide prevention, education, social work and healthcare leadership. He is one of the moderators of #SPSM on Sunday evenings which is both a Tweet Chat and a Video Chat at the same time. Sean blogs about social work at “Stuck on Social Work” where he curates resources for his colleagues and peers. Listen to our conversation of drop in the chat at the time stamps below.

What’s your “day job”
“Know thy Resources”
Stuck on Social Work blog
Tweet Chat: #SPSM
Tweet Chat: #PTChat
Tweet Chat: #MACROSW
Tweet Chat: #HCLDR
Is it hard to manage so much information?
“Patient Centeredness”
#SPSM TweetChat with @DocForeman
Shout out to Colin Hung
Talking about suicide
End of live and suicide
Youth mental health case manager
Conversations connect different topics
Social media & work
Tweeting live at conferences
~ National Conference on Behaviorial Health
~ Professional Quality of Life
Jonathan Singer – Social Work Podcast
Social Media Tip: Paula Gill, Co-Founder CareHubs “As your community what they want”

Sean Erreger“Stuck on Social Work” Blog

Sean’s Social Work profile 

Twitter conversation: #MEDPSYCH

Sean on LinkedIn

Sean’s website