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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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VOICES AMPLIFIED | The Nexus of Law & Criminal Justice Reform

Season 4, Ep. 3
The University of South Dakota’s podcast Credit Hour welcomed USD School of Law dean Neil Fulton to discuss the legal dimensions of systemic racism, social justice and criminal justice reform as part of its series “Voices Amplified.” “To address these problems, we have to understand, identify and engage with our differences, and then seek out points of commonality. That requires having difficult conversations in a patient way,” said Fulton. “None of us are really built to do that without working at it. Higher education can help us be prepared to do that.” Fulton discussed the legal aspects of criminal justice reform efforts like removing qualified immunity and defunding the police as well as the ways higher education can address issues like systemic racism. “I think particularly here in South Dakota it’s so important because coming to a college campus may be the first time where a lot of students have a sustained encounter with someone who isn’t like them, that doesn’t look like them, who isn’t of the same race or who doesn’t have the same socioeconomic background,” said Fulton. “This can be one of the first places where we have the sustained opportunity to have those conversations and build up both the skills and inclinations to attack these problems.” Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and