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September 24, 2016

Teen Suicide Prevention
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Teenage suicides can happen in clusters, compounding the tragedy. What are the reasons, and why do they happen in one town and not another. Then, have you experienced bullying at your job? It happens far more often than you think. Well share strategies to deal with the problem.
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Suicide Clusters
Anna S. Mueller, PhD is a Sociologist and Assistant Professor in Comparative Human Development, Research Associate at the Population Research Center at the University of Chicago Teen suicide clusters are a recent discovery, and little is understood about their causes and how to prevent them. Prof. Mueller studied of the phenomenon in a small town. She found that intense pressure to succeed academically and athletically, plus the ease with which private information became public, due to social connectedness, left teens and their parents unwilling to seek help for mental health problems. She said suicide prevention strategies need to be tailored to fit the unique dynamics of individual communities.
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Bullying in the Workplace
Shola Richards is author of Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution for Any Work Environment. A surprising number of Americans have experienced bullying on the job. Mr. Richards discussed the reasons that some people become bullies, and offered suggestions for how to deal with bullying in an effective and positive way. He said documenting dates, times and details of incivility are crucial. He said approaching the HR department with an issue is the best place to start.
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Making the Right Retirement Investment Decsions
More than half of all Americans are not confident or just slightly confident when it comes to making the right retirement investment decisions. Financial advisor Rodger Alan Friedman , author of Fire Your Retirement Planner:You! Concise Advice on How to Join the $100,000 Retirement Club believes retirement planning is not a do-it-yourself exercise, but that professional help is vital. He explained how to find a competent financial advisor. it.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Anna S. Mueller
Anna S. Mueller is a Sociologist and Assistant Professor within the department. She is also a Research Associate at the Population Research Center. She received her BA from Wellesley College in 2002 and her PhD in sociology in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin with a traineeship from the Population Research Center at UT.

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Shola Richards
Shola Richards is a dynamic keynote speaker, a certified Emotional Intelligence practitioner, an in-demand leadership trainer/consultant, and an award-winning Director of Training at a world-renowned US hospital. He created his blog, The Positivity Solution (, in May 2013, and has a worldwide following: his articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries. Richards has made multiple appearances on Huffington Post Live as an expert on workplace happiness and engagement, and his thoughts on how to create a more positive workplace have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Black Enterprise, National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Complete Wellbeing India, and Business Insider Australia. Richards has hosted his own television show for the CBS affiliate in New York, and proudly notes that the late literary icon Chinua Achebe was his godfather.

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