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Dr. Freedenthal has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and other media, including:

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Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in helping people who have suicidal thoughts. She’s the author of two books: Loving Someone with Suicidal Thoughts: What Family, Friends, and Partners Can Say and Do, published in January 2023, and Helping Someone with Suicidal Thoughts: Tips and Techniques for Professionals (Routledge; 2018). Dr. Freedenthal also created and maintains the website Speaking of Suicide. She has authored or co-authored more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters about suicidal intent, youth suicidality, mental health service use, and other topics related to suicide.

Dr. Freedenthal is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and a psychotherapist in private practice. She lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and their collection of cats.

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In The News


Below is a sampling of articles, videos, podcasts, etc. that address Dr. Freedenthal or her work.

Newspapers and Magazines

Cousineau, M. (2023, Jan. 21). As awareness of workplace issues increases, employers offer more mental health services. New Hampshire Union-Leader.

Marie, E. (2023, Jan. 20). 988 crisis hotline concerns according to a mental health expert. Health Digest.

Grossman, P. J. (2023, Jan. 6). Author Stacey Freedenthal: I lost someone I care about to suicide and here is what you should know: An interview with Pirie Jones Grossman. Authority Magazine.

Ruiz, R. (2022, Dec. 28). The best mental health books of 2022. Mashable.

Graham, C. (2022, Dec. 5). Black and male: Why Chris Jones may not have sought help for mental-health condition. Augusta Free Press.

Graham, C. (2022, Dec. 2). Mental health expert: “Possibility for recovery and healing” after UVA football tragedy. Augusta Free Press.

Lyford, C. (2022, September/October). The ideation factor: Changing how we think about youth suicide. Psychotherapy Networker.

Ellin, A. (2022, June 13). How to help a loved one having suicidal thoughts. The New York Times.

Ruiz, R. (2022, Feb. 1). Crisis Text Line ends controversial relationship with for-profit AI company. Mashable.

Ruiz, R. (2021, September 24). Ted Lasso’s kindness isn’t what you think it is. Mashable.

Craig, P. (2021, August-September). Wanted: More suicide-prevention education in social work schools. Social Work Advocates, 10-11. (Copy available on request.)

White, K. (2021, August 16). Expert encourages direct communication: It’s okay to ask, “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” Denver North Star.

Jagannathan, M. (2021, April 8). “We shouldn’t be complacent”: Suicide deaths fell during the 2020 pandemic — but why? MarketWatch.

(2021, March 15). Henry e Meghan, la favola di cui abbiamo bisogno [Henry and Meghan, the fairytale we need]. Salerno News 24.

Valia, C. (2021, March 10). “Come Meghan Markle ha cambiato il modo in cui parliamo di suicidio”: Un articolo del New York Times analizza la confessione della duchessa di Sussex a Oprah Winfrey [“How Meghan Markle changed the way we talk about suicide”: A New York Times article analyzes the Duchess of Sussex’s confession to Oprah Winfrey]. The Post Internazionale.

López, C. (2021, March 9). Gabrielle Union said she had suicidal thoughts in December, and it may be linked to her perimenopause. Insider.

Jagannathan, M. (2020, Oct. 16). ‘This is a moment in history when suicide prevention must be prioritized as a serious public-health concern.’ MarketWatch.

Seaman, J. (2020, Sept. 26). Crisis Point: Teens increasingly turn to Safe 2Tell for suicide, mental health emergencies. But Colorado doesn’t track what happens next. Denver Post.

Jagannathan, M. (2020, Sept. 10). “Some of the biggest risk factors for suicide are now part of daily life”: Here’s how to get help. MarketWatch.

Howes, R. (2020, May/June). Listening to suicidal clients: How to get beyond our fears. Psychotherapy Networker.

Dastagir, A. E. (2020, March 9). We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide? USA Today.

Kramer, J. (2019, Nov. 15). How to help someone who is suicidal. Prevention Magazine.

Cassedy, C., & Celestin, K. (2019, Nov. 8). Shelley Moore Capito correct on suicides in West Virginia. Politifact.

Jagannathan, M. (2019, Oct. 10). Some mental-health professionals find it hard to seek help — and can suffer from even greater stigma. Market Watch.

Chuck, E. (2019, Sept. 11). Suicides of two mental health advocates in a week serve as a grim reminder. NBC News (Online).

Kindelan, K. (2019, Sept. 9). On World Suicide Prevention Day, what 4 survivors of suicide want you to know. Good Morning America (Online).

Lyons, C. L. (2019, July 15). Suicide crisis: Can the rising rate be stemmed? CQ Researcher.

Schmid, John. (2019, March 29). As suicides rise in Wisconsin and across the U.S., our ‘wounded healers’ are more important than ever. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Sanchez, R. (2019, January). Why did Jamel Myles die? 5280 Magazine.

(2018, Dec. 10). Inside America’s suicide crisis. O: The Oprah Magazine.

Cherkis, J. (2018, Nov. 15). The best way to save people from suicide. Huffington Post.

Price, S. (2018, November). Front line: Using primary care to prevent suicide. Texas Medicine Magazine.

Murray, R. (2018, Sept. 10). What is it like to survive a suicide attempt? The Today Show Online.

Television and Other Video

Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2023, Jan. 19). Ep. 97 – Loving someone with suicidal thoughts | Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

KATU/ABC News. (2022, Dec. 22). Live interview: Loving someone with suicidal thoughts. Portland, OR.

Borison, S. (2022, Dec. 15). How a parent can talk about suicide. Your Teen Magazine.

Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2022, Jan. 19). Suicide rates dropped in 2020: How can that be? | John Sommers Flanagan and Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

Sample, K. (2021, August 31). Stacey Freedenthal on treating suicidal clients. PESI Inc.

Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2020, July 6). What to say to a suicidal person: Interview with Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

Spencer-Thomas, S. (Producer). (2018, Sept. 11). When the professional is personal: Lessons learned from lived experience. United Suicide Survivors International.

(2017). @Sfreedenthal chats with #SPSM.

Radio and Podcasts*

*Audio only. Podcasts marked with an asterisk link to video under Television and Other Video.

* Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2023, Jan. 19). Ep. 97 – Loving someone with suicidal thoughts | Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

Spencer-Thomas, S. (2023, Jan. 16). Listen Bravely — How to help friends and co-workers living with suicidal intensity at work: Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal. Headspace for the Workplace.

(2023, Jan. 10). Brent Bozell, Stacey Freedenthal, & Mark Moyar. Rich Valdés America At Night.

Singer, J. (Producer). (2022, Dec. 25). Loving someone with suicidal thoughts: Interview with Stacey Freedenthal, Ph.D., LCSW. Social Work Podcast.

Soll, B. (Producer). (2022, Dec. 20). How should we talk about suicide in light of tWitch’s death? Your Call/KALW.

* Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2022, Jan. 19). Suicide rates dropped in 2020: How can that be? | John Sommers Flanagan and Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

Morrow, A. (Producer). (2021, Sept. 10). Helping the suicidal person, with Stacey Freedenthal, Ph.D. Queen Behavior Change.

Goulston, M. (Producer). (2021, April 21). Episode 186 – Stacey Freedenthal. My Wake Up Call with Dr. Mark Goulston.

Vega, T. (2020, August 26). Why isn’t there more suicide prevention training in the U.S.? The Takeaway/WNYC Studio (aired on National Public Radio).

* Fontenelle, P. (Producer). (2020, July 6). What to say to a suicidal person: Interview with Stacey Freedenthal. Understand Suicide.

Forbes, T. (2019, Sept. 18). BBC Radio Foyle Morning Show. BBC Radio. (No longer online.)

Spencer-Thomas, S. (Producer). (2019, Nov. 19). When therapists have lived through suicide intensity: Deep insights on helping the suicidal person: Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal. Hope Illuminated.

Shook, M. (Producer). (2019, Nov. 19). Relational engagement with suicidal clients: From checking boxes to hearing stories of pain, with Stacey Freedenthal. The Thoughtful Counselor.

Tomlin, A. (Producer). (2019, Sept. 18). Stacey Freedenthal. Mental Elf Podcast.

McGuire, T. (Producer). (2019, May 6). Why teens don’t talk to their parents about suicide. Giving Voice to Depression.

McGuire, T. (Producer). (2019, May 1). 10 reasons teens avoid telling their parents about suicidal thoughts. Giving Voice to Depression.

Lorentz, J. (Producer). (2019, April 30). Suicide, choice or tragedy. A truly candid conversation. Dementia Resilience Training Podcast.

Dukakis, A. (2018, Oct. 11). For one Denver psychotherapist, depression and suicide are personal issues. Colorado Public Radio.

France, D. K. L. (Producer). (2018, Sept. 4). Suicide awareness with Stacey Freedenthal. Head Space and Timing Podcast. 

Douglas, R. L. (Producer). (2018, June 16). Let’s talk about suicide. GROUP Podcast.

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2018, April 16). #119 – Helping the Suicidal Person: Interview with Stacey Freedenthal, Ph.D., LCSW. Social Work Podcast.

Wellmed Charitable Foundation. (Producer). (2018, February 13). Talking about Suicide: Overcoming the Taboo with Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW. Caregiver SOS Podcast.

Vore, R., & Austin, S. (Producers). (2017, Nov. 27). Speaking of suicide (featuring Dr. Stacey Freedenthal). CXMH Podcast.

Epstein, M. (Producer). (2017). Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, of Speaking of Suicide. Talk with ME Podcast.