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Broken Heart - Divorce
November 1, 2018

The “D” Word

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Every 13 seconds someone files for divorce.

Did you know…

  • Over 41% of first marriages end in divorce
  • Over 60% of second marriages end in divorce
  • The divorce rate has recently dropped

The concept of marriage has evolved over time, which directly impacts the divorce rates. The number 1 reason for divorce is lack of communication or the mismanagement of communication. Divorce is not failure. Despite its multi-faceted levels of pain, it is an opportunity for growth and insight

Tips

When looking for a divorce attorney beware of the “parrot” – someone telling you only what you want to hear.

Be aware of the difference between issues that are definitely emotional and relevant, however don’t always have ‘court” relevance.

Pre-marital therapy is highly recommended. Therapy at any point (sooner rather than later) costs far less than a divorce. A relationship therapist can teach you about the life cycle of a couple and provide you with the right tools for communication

 

Never assume. Not when you’re dealing with your future.
– Annette J. Benson, Founder of Annette Benson Law 

 

KNOW THE FACTS!

Myth: It is OK to deny visitation if the other parent does not pay child support.

Fact: In the eyes of the judge, child support and child visitation are separate issues. Courts frown on parents even attempting to use one to leverage the other.

Myth: By committing adultery you give up everything.

Fact: Increasingly, courts view divorce as the dissolution of an economic unit, and in many jurisdictions, bad conduct during the marriage – infidelity – is not even considered in the division and distribution of the marital estate.

Book Recommendations:

Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life by Debbie Ford

Any book by Esther Perel

Questions?

Watch Episode 7 of Grow Your Guru for everything you wanted to know about divorce, but were too afraid to ask. Divorce Lawyer and Family Law expert, Annette J. Benson is my special guest for this episode.


About the Author

Susie Kamen - Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaSusie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Transgender
November 1, 2018

Understanding Transgender

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A recent study says 1.4 million people in the U.S. identify as transgender.
What is “Transgender?”

Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. The external formation and concept of gender often begins before the birth of a child. Well-meaning parents and strangers ask questions such as “What are you having?” “Do you know the sex?” “Do you have a name?” This may be fine, unless after birth the child finds their internal world is incongruent with their biological assignment and anatomy. Welcome to the world of being transgender.

An article in the Washington Post outlines some common myths surrounding transgender individuals, including:

Myth: A 5-year-old doesn’t know enough about gender to be transgender.

Fact: On the contrary, children as young as 2 can present with gender incongruence. According to the American Psychiatric Association, cross-gender behaviors often start between 2 and 4 years old. One study by the TransYouth Project found that kids as young as 5 respond to psychological gender-association tests, which evaluate how people understand their gender roles. 

Therapists Play a Supporting Role

Transgender youth often suffer from mental health problems, but a new study has found that their depression and anxiety improve greatly when their gender dysphoria is recognized and treated. There is a need for gender-affirming mental health services and interventions to support transgender youth.

Therapist Tips:

  • Make no assumption about orientation or gender identification
  • It would be beneficial to update intake forms regarding gender i.e. what gender do you identify as versus male of female
  • Therapists would benefit from educating themselves about appropriate terminology to avoid unintended offensive language
  • Therapists add value by having resources of therapists or organizations that specialize in gender and transition.
In the News

The New York Times recently reported that ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.”

“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”

Get the facts

The Mayo Clinic offers a primer on transgender facts, including these terms which can be part of the transgender discussion.

  • Cisgender. This term is used to describe an individual whose gender identity and expression matches the stereotypical societal characteristics related to sex assigned at birth.
  • Cross-dressing. This involves dressing as the other gender for entertainment or pleasure. Cross-dressing isn’t necessarily a sign of a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Cross-dressing also isn’t indicative of gender dysphoria.
  • Gender fluidity. This is the exhibition of a variability of gender identity and expression. Gender fluid people don’t feel restricted by typical societal norms and expectations and might identify and express themselves as masculine, feminine or along a spectrum, and possibly with variations over time.
  • Gender nonconforming. This occurs when gender expression, gender roles or both differ from societal norms and expectations for an individual’s sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender role. This term refers to the societal norms and expectations associated with a person’s sex assigned at birth.
  • Sexual minority stress. This is stress related to societal stigma, prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with diverse gender identity and expression.
  • Trans man and trans woman. These terms are used to describe, in a gender binary manner, a transgender individual’s gender identity or expression. For example, the term “trans woman” is used for an individual whose sex at birth was assigned male and whose gender identity is female. However, not all transgender individuals use these terms to describe themselves.

Roz Gould Keith, founder of Stand with Trans, is dedicated to developing programs, Educational Events and Support Groups to serve the Transgender Youth. Watch or listen to Episode 6 of Grow Your Guru for a discussion with her about her own experience with the transgender topic. Here’s what I want everyone to learn from this episode: Information leads to awareness, which leads to acceptance, which leads to compassion, which leads to connection, which leads to HUMANITY!


About the Author

Susie Kamen - Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaSusie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Opioid Epidemic
October 24, 2018

The Opioid Crisis

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The opioid crisis is a national epidemic. According to the CDC115 Americans die daily from an opioid overdose.

More than 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid, with more than 46 people dying every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

In March 2016, CDC released the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for chronic pain to ensure that patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment, while reducing the number of people who misuse opioids, develop opioid use disorder, or overdose.

The U.S. makes up 5% of the world’s population and consumes approximately 80% of the world’s prescription opioid drugs. Prescription opioid drugs contribute to 40% of all US opioid overdose deaths. (source: Talbot Recovery).

The Partnership for Drug Free Kids warns, “Deaths from heroin increased 328% between 2010 and 2015, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now seeing a sharp rise as well. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.”

The numbers are growing and staggering. The devastation is beyond words and ongoing attention and intervention is required to stop this crisis.

Warning signs of opioid addiction:
  • Swollen face, hands or feet
  • Complaints of frequent headaches
  • Mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety
  • Unusual skin rashes
  • Constricted pupils
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Increased irritability or mood swings
  • Appearing more withdrawn than usual
  • Forgetting family responsibilities
  • Uncharacteristic lying or excuse-making
  • Faking pain-related emergencies (to get more prescriptions)

MYTH: people with addiction are weak and made bad choices.  This is a common misconception about all types of addiction.

FACT: This stereotype blames the victim by asserting that they have brought their addiction upon themselves with their poor choices and “weakness.” It assumes that willpower alone can prevent and cure opioid addiction. The science says otherwise. Opioid use actually changes your brain.

Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., vice president of behavioral health and chair of psychiatry at Crozer-Keystone, explains

“Once a person is addicted to an opioid, it can cause significant changes in their brain that impact their decisions and behavior. It goes beyond the person actively choosing whether or not to abuse drugs. Opioids work by binding to certain receptors in the central nervous system to decrease feelings of pain. For addicts, it can alter their system enough that the presence of drugs feels like the new normal.”

NEWS: This week, USA Today spotlighted “patient brokers” who are trolling for people with addiction issues in order to steer them into treatment centers to receive kickbacks from these facilities – and the new legislation that will address this issue.

“While kickbacks involving facilities that take Medicaid or Medicare have been illegal since 1972, this unscrupulous business has not been prohibited when it involves facilities that take private insurance, including policies sold under the Affordable Care Act.”

Patient brokering is a booming business with 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from opioid addiction. When the new law is signed by the President this week, Federal prosecutors will finally be able to go after patient brokers and the providers who pay them. Conviction for taking or providing kickbacks will carry criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison and as much as $200,000 in fines.

Learn more…

For insight into this crisis, watch Episode 5 of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media with guests, Arlyn and Lisa Daniels.  We discuss how The Jamie Daniels Foundation joined forces with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to support individuals and families who are struggling with addiction by providing the education, resources, professional guidance, and financial support they need to make recovery possible. One life lost to addiction is one life too many!


About the Author

Susie Kamen - Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaSusie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

October is National Bullying Awareness Month
October 22, 2018

Bullying Prevention

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

While bullying has always been one of the casual cruelties of adolescence, the ubiquity of smartphones and social media in an era where
45 percent of teens say they’re online “almost constantly” has only made the phenomena more inescapable.

A new survey released by The Pew Research Center recently reveals that a majority of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying. According to the survey, 60% of girls and 59% of boys “have experienced at least one of six abusive online behaviors” which include:

  • offensive name-calling
  • physical threats
  • spreading of false rumors
  • having explicit images of them shared without their consent
  • receiving explicit images they didn’t ask for
  • having someone other than a parent constantly ask where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing.
National statistics tell the story.
  • 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 have been bullied
  • 20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying
  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others
  • 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools
  • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying

When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

Cyberbullying is on the rise…

9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying. 15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year
However,  55.2% of LGBTQ students experienced cyberbullying

The general definition of bullying includes an imbalance of power, repetition, and intent to cause some form of harm. Everyone should know the warning signs – and understand the importance of intervention.

WARNING SIGNS OF BULLYING:
  • Reluctance to go to school
  • Frequent lost or damaged items
  • Isolation
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Change in academic performance
  • Increased anxiety, depression, irritability
Some Myths about bullying:

MYTH: You will know if your child is being bullied

FACT: Many children fear telling because they believe it will lead to more bullying so they hide their feelings.

MYTH: Bullies come from the top of the pecking order

FACT: Bullies often feel insecure themselves, and social gain is often the driving force.

Parents need to be strategic in their response to their children. Some tips include asking open ended questions, validating feelings, and assessing what the most effective response to the situation may be.

To learn more about bullying, watch Episode 4 of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media with special guest Kimber Bishop-Yanke, the Founder of Kids Empowered.

“Kids Empowered offers programs and training to empower children, parents and professionals to deal with unfriendly classmates and friends, bullying, relational aggression and to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills. Kids Empowered has facilitated events & programs for more than 200,000 kids, parents, and teachers since 1998.”

The damaging effects of bullying are far-reaching and increasing every day.  Learn what you can do to identify bullying, stop bullying behaviors, and help those who are being bullied.


About the Author

Susie Kamen - Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaSusie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Imago Therapy - Grow Your Guru
September 18, 2018

Imago Relationship Therapy

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Imago therapy was developed by Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen Hunt in 1988. Imago means “image” in Latin and is based on an idea that we have an unconscious image forming since birth of what love feels like, and this image dictates who we pick as partners. Imago therapy helps people understand why the show up the way they do in relationships and, most importantly, teaches the Intentional Dialogue process which improves communication in every relationship.

An Imago therapist becomes a coach for couples, individuals, parents, and businesses who want to improve connection, raise consciousness and awareness, decrease reactivity, and foster a new way of being in relationship. The process transforms conflict into connection and understanding. The Intentional Dialogue teaches couples how to have safe conversations by mirroring, validating, and demonstrating empathy. The primary source of conflict in relationships is lack of communication.

Research shows that when listening there is a 13% accuracy rate and an 83% distortion rate.

Imago therapy provides tools and concepts that improve accuracy and restore safety to ruptured relationships. Mirroring is the processes of repeating back precisely what you are hearing without paraphrasing. This form of listening creates connection and can help the listener calm their reactivity by not automatically responding. Validation allows the “otherness” to be safe and allowed in relationships. If what someone says “makes sense” because you have listened to them, it does not mean that you agree; it allows the perspective of someone else to exist and helps transcend righteousness. Empathy is not sympathy rather it is an attempt to imagine what someone else may be feeling.

There is a quote by Bill Bullard, “Opinion is the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our ego and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger than the self-kind of understanding”

While this process is transformative, it is easier said than done and requires practice. Watch “Grow Your Guru” for numerous segments that will dive deeper into the theories and tools that will help improve your relationships.


About the Author

Susie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

Helping Hand - Suicide Awareness
September 13, 2018

Suicide Awareness

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September is Suicide Awareness Month. We must bring attention and sensitivity to the conversation around this serious matter.

On September 17th, my weekly LIVE video podcast, “Grow Your Guru,” premieres with an episode featuring Common Ground. We’ll talk about suicide awareness and prevention – and what steps you can take. If you, or a loved one, is experiencing any crisis, please call or text their Anonymous Hotline at 1-800-231-1127.

Did you know…

According to a recent study by the CDC,

  • Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
  • There were more than twice as many suicides in the United States as there were homicides
  • More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
  • Suicide rates have increased in almost every state – over 31% in Michigan

CDC-Suicide Rates on the Rise

Suicide has been a taboo subject for too long. Please speak up and reach out if you, a loved one, or a friend, are going through crisis and need any sort of help – even just a listening ear. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored.

Top 10 Signs and Symptoms

  1. Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  2. Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  3. Talking about great guilt or shame
  4. Talking about being a burden to others
  5. Using alcohol or drugs more often
  6. Withdrawing from family and friends
  7. Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
  8. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  9. Giving away important possessions
  10. Saying goodbye to friends and family

Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide does not discriminate. Men are more likely to die by suicide than women, but women are more likely to attempt suicide. Men are more likely to use deadlier methods, such as firearms or suffocation. Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide by poisoning. Recent figures released by the CDC show that the highest rate of suicide deaths among women is found between ages 45 and 64, while the highest rate for men occurs at ages 75+. Children and young adults also are at risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 34. It’s time to stop judging and start listening. This CDC Fact Sheet outlines what communities and individuals can do to identify and support people at risk.

If You Know Someone in Crisis
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential.

In future posts (and on my show), I will offer continuing insight on subject of suicide. I’ll explore why it’s so hard to talk about (both in and out of therapy), the impact on survivors, the societal stigma, and other issues that must be part of our ongoing effort to confront this growing crisis.


About the Author

Susie Kamen – LMSW, CIRT, SILC
Host of Grow Your Guru on New Radio Media

“I was fortunate to have the type of childhood that provided enough baggage that would require me to pay extra at any airline counter. Although I did not always appreciate my luggage, once I began to unpack it, the “Growth Gifts” inside became the foundation for my lifelong journey to grow, learn, and serve.

For the past 27 years, I’ve been a therapist working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I have expertise in premarital counseling, divorce recovery, anxiety, and depression, and specialize in relationships and communication – including the relationship you have with yourself. I’m passionate about my own growth and dedicated to providing safety and the non-judgmental space necessary for your sacred journey of personal growth.

Unfortunately, we are not taught to care for our mental health individually, or in relationships, without stigma or shame. I remain committed to my mission to teach the value of growing in every area of life, so you may unpack your baggage and grow!”


Grow Your Guru on New Radio MediaGrow Your Guru on New Radio Media

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

This weekly LIVE show is created based on a belief that within each of us is our “inner guru”, our true self, which is beautiful, whole, complete, and worthy.

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Life circumstances – and the stories we tell ourselves – often cause us to forget the truth of who we really are. We then show up in our lives with self-limiting and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. This show will provide strategies, inspiration, motivation, tools, interviews, and Growth Gifts to enhance and transform every area of your life.

CHANGE YOUR STORY! Together we can change your story, unleash your soul, teach you how to create connection in your relationships, and produce empowering and positive choices that are in alignment with the life you deserve and desire. Let’s get Growing! It is never too late to heal and step into your true potential.

“As a psychotherapist, Imago therapist and Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach, it is my intention that Grow Your Guru provides services and tools that promote GROWTH in every area of your life and reconnects you to your inner Guru. I provide coaching services that promote healing, increase awareness and insight, help you transcend limitations, and help you reach your full potential by GROWING in every area of your life. ” Host, Susie Kamen

July 25, 2018

Gracefully Greying – Episode 14

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July 25, 2018. Special guest is Therapist, Toby Beach talks about the emotional aspects of aging, including loneliness, anxiety and depression.

    February 12, 2018

    Jackie & Co. – Episode 6

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    February 12, 2018. Jackie is joined by Therapist Diane Rubenstein and her clients Sophia, Maureen, and Holly to talk about mental disorders.