The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that nearly 45,000 Americans commit suicide each year. The average rate of suicide in 2015 was 13.26 per 100,000 in the population. In the same year, the states of Montana, Wyoming and Alaska were the top 3 states for suicide attempts, way above the national average, and the state of New Jersey was the state with the least amount of suicides per 100,000 residents. On today's episode, in light of the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we wanted to have a conversation about trends, motivations and facts around this public health and social issue, as well as share some ideas on how to prevent or reduce suicide in the population.
In previous episodes of our show, we have touched on the themes such as happiness, stress, trauma and its broader social implications. On today’s episode, we are accompanied by Greg Prasker, a modern-day shaman, who is dedicated to working with clients who opt to pursue more, alternative, approaches to overcoming traumatic life events and toxic stress by employing a combination of hypnosis, sound healing, energy work, Buddhist mantras and other modalities to help his clients empower themselves to live life on their own terms.