Help Existing

Help Talking With Youth (or Anyone, Really) in Crisis—Author Emi Nietfeld

My guest this week is Emi Nietfeld, author of the wonderful new memoir Acceptance. It's the story of her growing up in foster care, and at times without a home. Though Emi ended up going to Harvard, she struggled with self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, her bisexual identity, and sexual assault. We get into all of that in this episode.

I asked Emi what she felt she would most like to offer as helpful to listeners; what she felt she could best speak to (which is what I tend to ask most of the guests who come on). Emi wanted to focus on how to better talk with youth in crisis.

Even if you don't have any young people in your life right now, this conversation offers great advice on helping people in crisis in general, and was wide-ranging. I really admired how precise Emi is with her speech; how eloquent and measured and honest she is. I think this was a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy it. 

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