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KARI OYEN | Suicide Prevention

Season 2, Ep. 2

At times, one may need to step in to support someone they love dealing with an emotional struggle. It is important to discuss the best ways to not only recognize these situations, but also how one can help navigate them. 


This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, an awareness strategy designed to inform people about how their actions and conversations can go a long way to save someone’s life. 


On this week's episode of Credit Hour, Host Michael Ewald has a conversation with Kari Oyen, assistant professor of school psychology at USD. 


They discuss how suicide can be prevented, what one can do to help people that might be struggling with mental illness, and the resources offered for students on campus. 


“The best thing we can really do for someone that is really struggling with mental illness, is taking the time to listen. Know that talking with someone about suicide does not increase the chance for them to die from suicide,” Oyen said. “Talking with someone about their suicidal thoughts can be a mechanism for getting help.”  


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