Raising Joy Podcast: Researching the Mystifying Rise in Child Suicides with Suzy DeYoung
Listen to Episode 37 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.
**Content warning – this episode contains difficult subject matter. We advise you to listen with caution, knowing topics of child suicide, trauma, grief and mass shootings are discussed.
Suzy DeYoung didn’t plan on devoting her life to the subject of trauma, however, an accident involving her child led her down a path of exploring some of the most difficult subjects imaginable. For over a decade, she has studied and educated others as a trauma-informed parent. She was also one of the founding members of Sandy Hook Promise, which began after the horrific school shooting in her hometown of Newtown, CT. Most recently, she has conducted research on behalf of author Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., where she has interviewed dozens of families and experts impacted by child suicide. This discussion is enlightening, challenging and important, though it may be triggering for some.
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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 cookchildrens.org/joy.
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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 cookchildrens.org.