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In the first episode of a two part series on suicide, Chris and Karlie are joined by Dr. Becky Taylor to discuss risk factors and suicide prevention. Suicide is a problem, especially among teenagers, and we need to get the conversation going about suicide. Join us as Dr. Taylor talks about how to support, confront and encourage teenagers who are thinking about suicide.  

In this episode, you’ll find out…

  • Risk factors for teenage suicide.
  • The significance of the plan and means of suicide.
  • Why teenagers are high-risk for suicide.
  • Some first steps to support a student who is thinking about suicide.
  • How to confront a teenager you think is considering suicide.

Ask yourself…

  • Am I afraid to confront a teenager about suicide?
  • Who else is in that teenager’s life? Do they notice anything different?

Go ask a teen…

  • Are you thinking about killing yourself?
  • How are you doing? What are some things that I can do to help you?


In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

About Us:

Becky Taylor, Ph.D., was appointed to the TCU College of Education faculty in 1998 to begin the school counseling program, and in 2009 she was appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an approved family mediator, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Dr. Taylor’s research lies in the areas of risk and resiliency and its application through Solution Focused Therapy.

Chris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Lifeline, Inc. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!

Karlie Duke started working as Teen Lifeline’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!

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