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Frank King – Suicide Prevention….Start the Conversation
Episode 205th September 2022 • Becoming Preferred • Michael Vickers
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Episode Overview:

To bring attention to National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States, we wanted to share this special episode with Suicide Prevention Speaker, Frank King.

National Suicide Prevention Week is an annual weeklong campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, as well as encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance and support people who have attempted suicide. 

Suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States and a major public health concern. When a person dies by suicide, the effects are felt by family, friends, and communities. And when it comes to suicide, language matters. 

Suicide is preventable, but to prevent it, we must talk about it, and the way we talk about it matters. And so to help us understand and learn more about suicide and suicide prevention is my guest, Frank King.

Guest Bio: 

As a former writer for the Tonight Show for 20 years and a full-time speaker and comedian, Frank King knows how to infuse humor into his content and uses his personal experiences to highlight the importance of maintaining your mental health. Participants in Frank’s programs will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges, how to maintain a positive and profitable workplace culture, how to reduce stress, and promote both team and management well being.

As a humorous keynote speaker, Frank brings his corporate brand of comedy to educate, inspire, and finally, entertain…with ah-has, and a sprinkling of ha-ha’s, in a one of a kind presentation on matters of life and death.

He blends his experience as a clean, clever stand-up comedian, an award-winning syndicated humor columnist, and as a warrior in his own lifelong battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, for content-packed and eminently listenable keynote presentations and workshops.

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Insight Gold Timestamps:

04:31 Change the language

05:12 The majority of people who died by suicide did not want die

08:05 The number one so-called addiction for suicide is gambling addiction 

10:28 Brene Brown said, vulnerability is a superpower

15:27 People with depression, tend to think in the immediate

16:37 Gamification

18:22 Practice these five things....

23:12 Suicidal call lifeline, dial 9-8-8

25:55 Burdensomeness

29:43 Top 3 signs of depression

36:50 Suicide prevention Text Line. Text ‘Help’ or ‘Connect’ to 741-741

37:04 Signs somebody may be considering suicide

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Frank King's TEDx Talks Links:

Born to Be Funny

Mental With Benefits

A Matter of Laugh or Death

Suicide, The Secret of My Success


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