55 Taking Shame out of the Suicide Conversation


Manage episode 237024656 series 2040825
By Mike Ergo. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

This week's episode is a companion to the Marine Corps Times article Dr. Shauna Springer and I coauthored on how we can talk about suicide. As we talk about in the show, a Marine Corps colonel was recently quoted as saying that "suicide is a shameful act." We get into why this is not accurate and how to productively talk about suicide and how to help those suffering and the loved ones of those who have completed a suicide.

Read our article here

This week I am joined by Dr. Shauna Springer and Eric Strom.

Shauna Springer is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Senior Director who is known by many service members and veterans as “Doc Springer” based on the trust she has earned within the Tribe and her role as a trusted advisor to many who have served within the military. Dr. Springer has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values.

Eric Strom is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in MN and is a member of the MN Army National Guard. Eric spent 5 years as an active duty Marine and deployed twice to the Persian Gulf. Eric specializes in and works with those who have suffered traumatic events in their lives.

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 for Veteran

Text 838255

Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889


Transitions from War

After his service in the United States Marines Corps, Mike Ergo started the Transitions from War blog and Podcast to talk about his struggles returning from combat in Iraq. From PTSD and addiction to finding endurance sports, Mike has found a new life purpose and a passion to share this with others.

Transitions from War Sponsors:

Tattered Beans

Air Force veteran Jason Jean gives us all a win-win situation: getting great coffee and tangibly supporting veterans and first responders. How does this work? Every bag of coffee you buy puts money directly in the pockets of those who serve with no middleman. When you buy coffee through Transitions from War, the money allocated to me will instead go to my fundraising campaign for the Ironman Foundation's Gold Star Initiative. Tattered Beans comes out of Pennsylvania, birthplace of the Marine Corps, where the first American Flag was stitched, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, home to the late Mac Miller and Punxsutawney Phil.

Buy some Tattered Beans Coffee today!

Cowboy Crickets

Sustainable, Montana-raised crickets. Veteran-owned and Ironman approved! Enter promo code VETS to save 15% on all orders.

Fire Team Whiskey

An app-based personal fitness and nutrition service geared to help active duty and military veterans take charge of their health with a ketogenic approach to eating. Save 40% on all training plans and coaching, as well as 15% on all keto supplements with the promo code "TRANSITIONS"

Apex Health

Apex health aims to be a mens health clinic that serves you so that you can live the longest, best life possible.

At Apex Mens Health, we solve all these problems.

  • Spending as much time with our patients as possible in order to give help them become compliant with a program that really works.
  • Always having Dr. David Lunow to oversee meetings and protocol on-site.
  • Allowing you to buy a month’s worth of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) through our prescribing services so that you don’t have to come in every week.
  • Offering you a personalized diet and exercise program so that your precious testosterone doesn’t go to waste.
  • Giving you the highest grade testosterone available on the market.

Schedule a consultation with Apex Health today!


Zinc-based performance sunscreen along with chlorine-removing hair and skin products. Use the promo code VETS to save 20% on all orders.

Primal Kitchen

Healthy, Paleo/Primal/Keto and Vegan condiments, salad dressings, and energy bars that actually taste good! Use the promo code PRIMALVETERAN to save 10% on your order and directly support this show.

Green Wolf Tactical

Marine Corps Veteran-owned business specializing in paracord gear, custom embroidery, bracelets, key chains, survival gear, PVC patches, & more. Save 20% on all your orders with the promo code SEMPERFI

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and



68 episodes