Skip to main content
Health Matters set

Health Matters, Television for Life

Your opportunity to talk directly with physicians, nurses and other regional experts about the health issues that are important to you. Teresa Lukens hosts this monthly conversation and viewers are encouraged to call, text or email their questions in advance for the panel. Send your questions to

Providence Health Care
WSU Spokane

Preventing Suicide

Prior to 2020, suicide ranked as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it still does...  But now we’re dealing with a year-long pandemic, and all that’s come with it. The isolation, the unemployment, the emotional stress that COVID-19 has brought into our lives may be adding to number of suicides--at a time when it’s even more difficult to identify the risk factors. KSPS Health Matters talks to local mental health experts on how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be suicidal and how to help them.

Helpful Links

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Frontier Behavioral Health-24/7 Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis line

Behavioral Health Services
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

FailSafe for Life



The Native Project

National Institute for Mental Health

Spokane Regional Health District

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Suicide


Sabrina Votava
Founder, FailSafe for Life

Mary Stover
Executive director, alifeYOUnited

Jillian Holbrook
Mental Health Advocate, Work2BeWell

Sarah Oslund
Chief Behavioral Health, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Suzie Johnson
Outpatient Clinical Director, Frontier Behavioral Health

Clair Aberasturi
Behavioral Health Director, The Native Project

KSPS Public Television maintains this web site as a health information resource for educational and informational purposes. Its content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have seen on KSPS or read on this website.

The Complete Health Matters, Television for Life Topic List: (Titles A to Z)