Ep 04 | A Safe Place

As National Suicide Prevention Week starts, Allison and guest Cheryl Roper talk about Cheryl’s journey with depression and dealing with the feelings that those she loved were better off without her as she considered death by suicide. Both women share personal experiences and advice on what you can do if you or a loved one is facing mental health concerns.

Cheryl Roper is a wife and mom. She’s a suicide attempt survivor and is grateful to have the opportunity to shed light the truth that suicide is preventable. She wants to create safe spaces for people to talk about things like depression, grief, and suicide and to normalize seeking help. She also loves Jesus, the mountains, people, running a small business with her daughter, and is currently training for her first full Ironman.

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Depression and mental health issues are things that impact many different people, we are grateful that there are many resources available. Here are some of the ones that Allison and Cheryl mentioned during this week’s discussion.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. The Lifeline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was established in 1987 as a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have experienced a loss. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico.

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. DBSA has chapters across the country to offer support to individuals of all ages. They have supports available to individuals, parents, children, etc. There are support groups available at each of the chapters and you can visit their website to find a location close to you.

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Safe UT is an app that provides a way for anyone to connect with licensed counselors that are ready to listen for any situation that you might be dealing with. Help is immediate and confidential. You can download the app on your phone, you can call (833) 372-3388 or go to their website and chat.

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The Emily Effect has the mission to provide resources to families and support for women suffering from perinatal mood disorders. The Emily Effect is named after Emily Cook Dyches who died in 2016 as a result of a battle with a post partum mood disorder. The Emily Effect is there to help offer education and resources to women suffering with maternal mental health disorders. They invite others to share their Letters of Light about their experiences.

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