Friday Feb 24, 2023

Dr. Janis L. Whitlock: Finding Strength to Live | Bouncing Back #15

Welcome to Bouncing Back: The Personal Resilience Science Insights Podcast! Life can be tough, and we all face challenges that test our resilience. So, what is your greatest source of strength when times get hard? In this episode, Lu Ngo sits down with Dr. Janis L. Whitlock, a renowned expert in adolescent and young adult mental health and well-being, to explore how we can find strength in tough times and emerge even stronger.

As the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, Dr. Whitlock has dedicated her career to researching and developing outreach materials related to non-suicidal self-injury. She is a research scientist emerita at Cornell University and a Senior Advisor for the JED Foundation, where she consults with schools, organizations, and individuals interested in enhancing the mental health and well-being of adolescents and young adults.

With over 50 publications in adolescent and young adult mental health and well-being, and the author of the book, Healing self-injury: A compassionate guide for parents and other loved ones, Dr. Whitlock focuses on resilience and connectedness. She promotes positive media balance and messaging as critical ingredients in supporting contemporary youth well-being.

In this podcast, we'll dive into risk factors that influence suicide ideation during tough times and explore how it affects personal resilience. We'll also explore practical ways to find strength and support during challenging times and emerge stronger than ever before.

So, tune in to Bouncing Back: The Personal Resilience Science Insights Podcast, where we'll empower you to overcome life's challenges with resilience and strength.

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If you or someone you know struggles with despair, depression, or thoughts of suicide, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following:

Australia Suicide Prevention Resources

  1. National Emergency Number: 000
  2. Lifeline Australia:  
  3. Dial 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis support
  4. Text 0477 13 11 14 for text support between noon and midnight AEDT

United States Suicide Prevention Resources

  1. National Emergency Number: 911
  2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  
  3. 24/7 support in English: Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  4. 24/7 support in Spanish: Dial 1-888-628-9454
  5. 24/7 support for deaf or hard of hearing individuals: Dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255, or use your preferred relay service
  6. Online Chat: Visit
  7. Crisis Text Line:    
  8. 24/7 text support: Text HOME to 741741

More Worldwide Suicide Prevention Resources:

SUICIDE STOP - International Help Center

Discussing this is not always easy. But always remember that you are not alone. Somebody will always be willing to listen and help.

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