It’s an epidemic and you are the answer to making it better.
The number of suicides, especially among children and teens increases every year, but no one seems to know why. From Florida to Ohio to our nation’s capital, children as young as eight and adults as old as eighty are committing suicide and I feel, it is time we move this from being a private household problem to a community effort of prevention.
So, I reached out to my fellow mental health clinician, an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Alfiee (as she is affectionately called by many) is a recognized expert in adolescent depression. She currently leads multiple research teams including being the Project Director of the AAKOMA project. The African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents. In this interview we discuss the various stages of life, associated pressures and what we the community can do to end suicide.
Listen, if the pressure in your life is becoming overwhelming, reach out for help. We have all been through difficult times and had to learn how to manage. It’s ok, that you’re going through it, we want to help you live through it. Whether it’s fear, anxiety, low self-esteem or even suicidal thoughts – please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Host: Anita Washington, That Anita Live
A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.
Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.
In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.
From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.
Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at ThatAnitaLive.com, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.