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Episode 142 Suicide Panel: “Stay in Your Body”
5th June 2019 • Love Your Story • Lori Lee
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Episode 142 Suicide Panel: The plea to “Stay in Your Body”

According to SAVE – Suicide Awareness and Voices of Education (who uses the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization) the following facts show us the current state and rate of suicide in the US.

  1. Suicide is the 10thleading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
  2. Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
  3. There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)
  4. Depression affects 20-25%of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
  5. Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year.
  6. 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication.

Welcome back to the Love Your Story podcast.

Every human soul is precious. We all know that space of feeling disconnected, of being frustrated that life/relationships/career didn’t turn out as we expected. I’m sure at one time or another we’ve all felt alienated. It’s when those feelings of disconnection and alienation combined with the hopelessness that things will never change that suicide has become an all too familiar option.

What is the cause of so much hopelessness? Why is suicide so prevalent now that the word ‘epidemic’ has been used to describe it? What is the cause and what is the solution?

Today I have an amazing panel put together on the topic of suicide. These men and women have personal experience with suicide – either with family members or in Seth’s case, his own personal experience. We have put this panel together because we care. Because suicide as a supposed solution is out of control and we need to find answers, reduce shame, and shine a light of hope.

Let me introduce the panel members and we’ll see if we can answer any of these questions and gain some insight and even hope.

Cherie Burton

has degrees in psychology and sociology and has worked as a group counselor at a psychiatric hospital, an addiction recovery center and a behavioral facility for teen boys.  She has stepped away from clinical work to inspire women worldwide to reach their full potential through books, workshops and retreats. Her work as an author, podcaster, international business owner, speaker, mom of 5, emotional release facilitator and leadership development trainer has helped thousands of women magnify their gifts and find wholeness. Cherie’s sister took her own life and this has affected Cherie’s work.

Link to Cherie Burton’s podcast: Women Seeking Wholeness –


Ganel-Lyn Condie

is a popular motivational speaker – known for inspiring others with her unique honesty, authenticity and spirit. She is dedicated to her family, faith, and inspiring others. Ganel-Lyn loves teaching others with speaking and writing. She has experienced healing from a major chronic illness and is the mother to two miracle children. After the heart-breaking suicide of her 40-year-old sister, Ganel-Lyn is constantly working towards prevention. Ganel-Lyn lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing principles that will empower others to live life with more joy. She is a regular television and radio guest. Ganel-Lyn’s talks and books have now encouraged thousands of people all over the world. She loves growing older with her cute husband Rob and aims to keep learning and loving.

For links to Ganel-Lyn’s books, talks and platform:


Megan Cook Johnson

received a Masters Degree in Social Work from BYU in 2008. She has been a therapist at LDS Family Services for 10 years where her focus has been treating Depression and Anxiety. She had recently been trained in Hypnotherapy and is working on starting a private practice. Megan is the Co-Founder of The Emily Effect Foundation, an organization that honors her late sister Emily and seeks to raise awareness and improve resources for those experiencing Postpartum Mood Disorders.

Link to the Emily Effect Foundation:


Seth Adam Smith

is a best-selling, award-winning author and blogger whose writings have been translated into over thirty languages and featured on the Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, the Today show, Forbes, and many other news outlets around the world. In 2015, his book “Your Life Isn’t for You” was awarded a gold medal for inspirational memoir.

A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth has become an advocate for resources and understanding concerning depression and suicide prevention, and he regularly writes about these topics in his books and on his blog. He and his family currently live in Arizona.

Seth’s Book: Your Life Isn’t For You:


Tune into the audio program to hear each of these amazing panel members discuss their thoughts and ideas on the topic of suicide. Did we find some answers? I think we did. This is part one of a two-part series.

Tune in next week to hear the full panel discussion as we finish up with Part 2 and the brilliant ideas these panel members share on disconnect, on healing, on hope, and incredible insights into why to stay in your body and fight the good fight.

Don’t forget your resource – to buy my book LIFE Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday, to listen to all 130+ podcast episodes on all types of topics related to creating your best life story, or to share any of them. We’ll pick up next week with the rest of the discussion.