Oct. 14, 2019

Suicide: The Last Person You'd Expect

Suicide: The Last Person You'd Expect

Mental Health Awareness for Ourselves and Loved Ones

Suicide: The Last Person You'd Expect with DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week. We may think we know what someone who's suffering looks like. Do you? Maybe you have the image of someone unbathed with their head down, choosing not to join in at public gatherings. But it's not that simple.


In this episode, we have DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich a USMC veteran, with an accomplished career in higher education, including multiple wellness certifications. She's the picture of health and success but also a survivor of multiple suicide attempts who is now a suicide prevention advocate, speaker, and coach.


DeAnn shares her story. What led her to consider suicide and eventually follow through and attempt to take her life?


How do we help if we suspect someone we love is on a slippery path or if we're not sure we can go on?

Mentioned in this episode

NAMI.org - National Association of Mental Health
https://nami.org -
get support and understanding; it's okay not to feel okay

The Suicide Prevention Hotline
Call 1-800-273-8255

The Suicide Prevention Hotline

DeAnn's website



Thank you for listening to this important episode. I think the struggle to be okay is real, and it's not something most people want to talk about openly. So if you need a sympathetic ear, please do call the hotline for NAMI.org or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to connect with another human being who will listen.

Sometimes we struggle, and there's no one there.

We may have lots of "friends" on social media, but when it comes right down to it often, there's no one to turn to and feel safe sharing scary thoughts. This is why it makes sense to reach out anonymously to get support without judgment. Whatever feels right for you and will give you comfort to inch you toward a better place! xoxo

Please know above all else that I made this episode because I have TRULY BEEN THERE. And quite a few times. The struggle is REAL, and it's no joke. If you want to reach out to me, I'm not the fastest responder given my current circumstances with a new job and restrictions, but I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

The best ways to reach me are stephanir@gmail.com and @audaciouslife on Instagram.

Lots and lots of Love to you!! Please know and remember, I hold you in my thoughts and prayers daily. xoxo!!!



Love, Steph xoxo