March 31, 2020
Episode 49

Youth and Teen Suicide with Kendra Fisher

We are facing an increasing crisis of teen and youth suicide in America, and it is especially hurting young girls. Today’s episode is a difficult one. Kendra Fisher—a former elite ice hockey player and mental health activist and advocate joins Alyssa Milano to dig into the roots of the problem and what we can do to turn it around. Years ago, when faced with the opportunity to realize her dream of goaltending for Team Canada, Kendra was diagnosed with a Severe Anxiety Disorder coupled with Severe Panic Attacks, Depression and Agoraphobia; forcing her to leave the National Program in order to seek help to learn how to live with what had become a crippling disease. She now dedicates her life to helping young people get help for their mental illnesses.

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Intro
Teen suicide is on the rise, leading some to question if social media is to blame - CBS Evening News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1XLQxD_Zo
Youth suicide rates are rising faster in girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYdcaCZRFw8
What’s causing a rising rate of suicide? - PBS News Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsqD9Yof2Js
Kendra Fisher: let's go further for youth mental health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvqq9MEArhg&t=4s
Middle schoolers arrested in cyber bullying suicide of classmate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANkCRQjP0I
Mom of 9-year-old who died by suicide says she voiced bullying concerns to school - CBS This Morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtUgC8WNXo0
Faces of Mental Illness: Kendra Fisher on Rogers Daytime Toronto - MIAW Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV_AxhqEqYo
Kendra Fisher interview with mindyourmind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmg6iZp6Cnk
Youth Suicide Stories
A lost girl's diary: The hidden anguish of Alexandra Valoras - Sunday Morning https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-lost-girls-diary-alexandra-valoras/
Teen who survived suicide attempt tells her story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60qEynNnt_g
Suicide Attempt Survivors Bust Myths About Suicide | Truth or Myth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppSAlO9pmPA
Shattering the Silence: Youth Suicide Prevention | Sadie Penn | TEDxYouth@Lancaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRo5Db_7yVI
Symptoms/Prevention
Suicide Prevention | Lynn Keane | TEDxYouth@Toronto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Vx_5Zr_kM
Data/Stats
Teen suicide is on the rise, leading some to question if social media is to blame - CBS Evening News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1XLQxD_Zo
What’s causing a rising rate of suicide? - PBS News Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsqD9Yof2Js
Kendra Clips
Kendra Fisher: let's go further for youth mental health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvqq9MEArhg&t=87s
Outro
"My Romantic Suicide" Rage Almighty- 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam Finals - Poetry Slam, Inc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypkrj3pStaQ

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle