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#354 Surviving Suicide - Kelechi Ubozoh

By Paul Gilmartin

The 32 year-old poet, mental health advocate and daughter of a Nigerian immigrant father and Brooklyn mother opens up to Paul about her emotional and mental turnaround after years of feeling suicidal and several times attempting it. She details the ways her depression, disconnection and fear of taking off her "mask" as the perfect, popular girl played in leading her to believe it was a good idea. She and Paul discuss possible ways loved ones can reach out to someone who is talking about suicide as well as how the person who is in pain can find help and potentially hope. Her relationship with her mother, who is a doctor, is a great example of how someone in the helping profession can still learn ways to communicate with and love someone who is hurting. Follow Kelechi at   Check out the documentary she appears in called The S Word   The book about covert incest that Paul mentioned is called Silently Seduced. This ep is sponsored by BetterHelp online therapy.  To try a week of counseling for free go to  Must be 18 This ep is sponsored by HelloFresh meal kit delivery service.  For $30 off your first week of meals go to www.HelloFresh and use promo code MENTAL 30 This ep is sponsored by Quip Electric Toothbrush.  To get your first refill pack free with the purchase of a toothbrush go to  To become a monthly donor (and qualify for bonus content and goodies from Paul go to To make a one-time donations via Paypal go to Help the podcast by shopping with our podcast's Amazon link (it doesn't make your product any more expensive - even bookmark it!) To help fund Paul's next trip to record international guests, especially in Ireland, go to Follow Paul on Twitter and Instagram @mentalpod

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