{video blog} a topic we'd rather ignore but need to talk about: suicide

I wanted to have a brief, honest, and authentic discussion about suicide. As an issue that has impacted my own life, the lives of people I love, and of so many of the women I work with. My invitation to you is to simply bring to the light your assumptions or questions about suicide, and to consider the vast differences among the human experience on this planet.

And to anyone who may be struggling: know that there IS help, and there is hope. I witness it every day. Please leave comments or questions, as I'd love to continue this important discussion.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.