Fort Worth, Texas,
13:22 PM

Raising Joy LIVE Podcast: The Mystifying Rise of Child Suicides with Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

LIVE from the Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater: This podcast episode brought mental health leaders in the community together to hear an inspiring talk by author and renowned speaker Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.

Raising Joy Live Podcast

Listen to Episode 28 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the first seven months of the COVID-19 lockdown, U.S. hospitals experienced a 24% increase in mental-health-related emergency visits for children aged 5 to 11, and a 31% increase for those aged 12 to 17. Raising Joy Live podcast recording event (3)

On this very special episode of Raising Joy, we sit down in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, to interview acclaimed author, Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. Solomon is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Book Award winner, TedTalk presenter, as well as a professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. 

Dr. Solomon spoke to us about his recent article in The New Yorker called, “The Mystifying Rise of Child Suicides,” and recounts what he has learned from conducting dozens of interviews with parents who have lost a child to suicide. 

This is a difficult, yet important episode for anyone interested in learning more about the mental health crisis affecting youth in America.

Thank you to all who joined us for the live show and thank you to all of our podcast listeners. This event was hosted in partnership with The Center for Children’s Health led by Cook Children's. The Cook Children's Raising Joy Legacy Leadership Award was presented to the Honorable Tarrant County Judge Glen B. Whitley for his tireless commitment and decades of service on behalf of the well-being of children throughout Tarrant County and beyond.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

About Cook Children's

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit