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Transforming Trauma into Advocacy: Lisa Sugarman on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

  1. Transforming Trauma into Advocacy: Lisa Sugarman on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Rich Bennett / Lisa Sugarman 51:56

In this episode of “Conversations with Rich Bennett,” host Rich Bennett engages in a deep and insightful discussion with Lisa Sugarman, a Boston-based author, columnist, and mental health advocate. Lisa shares her compelling journey from parenting author to a devoted mental health advocate, driven by her personal experiences with suicide loss, including a transformative revelation about her father's death. The conversation explores the stigma surrounding mental illness, the impact of language on societal perceptions of suicide, and the challenges of discussing these topics on social media platforms. Lisa also highlights her involvement with The Trevor Project as a crisis counselor, emphasizing the significance of the 988 crisis support line. Rich and Lisa discuss the power of storytelling in mental health advocacy, Lisa’s written works that address both parenting and mental health challenges, and her forthcoming projects aimed at providing resources and support for those affected by mental health issues. This episode serves as a powerful dialogue on changing narratives and providing support in the realm of mental health and suicide prevention.


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I started the podcast “Harford County Living” in 2015, 3 years after launching the positive news website A few years later I started getting requests from people outside of Maryland to come on the show as guests and the podcast became “Harford County Living with Rich Bennett”. Needless to say, more requests came in and a few people suggested to me that I needed to expand the podcast and change the name again and “Conversations with Rich Bennett” was born.

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