Stacey Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, writes extensively about suicide. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, was published in fall 2017 by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. Almost two million people have visited her website, since 2013. She also has published scholarly articles about the measurement of suicidal intent, youth’s help-seeking when suicidal and other topics related to suicidality. (For more information about her book, please see

As an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Dr. Freedenthal teaches courses on mental health assessment, counseling, and suicide risk assessment and interventions. She also has a private psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in helping people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide or lost a loved one to suicide. Dr. Freedenthal has worked in the field of suicide prevention since 1994, when she volunteered at a suicide hotline.

Prior to entering the mental health field, Dr. Freedenthal worked as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She lives in Englewood, CO, with her husband, teenage son and their cats.

Dr. Freedenthal can be reached at or via Twitter @sfreedenthal.

Recent Articles by Stacey Freedenthal

Understanding the Person With Chronic Suicidal Thoughts

The popular image of someone who is in danger of suicide goes like this: A crisis occurs. The person has overwhelming urges to die by suicide. Through the benefit of a call to a crisis hotline, loving remarks by family and friends, good psychotherapy, hospitalization or simply the passage of time, the crisis resolves within […]

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