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Season 4,

S4 Episode 9 – Suicide and Depression in the Fandom

February 15, 2015

Roo and Tugs and joined by Taryn Aiken, of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Cathy, who works with at-risk youth who struggle with depression and suicide. Your hosts ask for tips on how to spot those who are at-risk, what causes depression and suicide, and how to handle these difficult situations. Ask we ask these questions, we weave in your emails and stories, and ultimately learn no one is alone in this fight and we all can help each other to see tomorrow. (Podcatchers and iTunes listeners: Please take a moment to visit the show notes page for this episode.)

Programming note: Space News has been posted as a separate show bonus on the episode page.

Special Programming Note

This episode is dedicated to all those who have been affected by suicide, and also to Christy Bent. Christy, who is Koru’s mother, died by suicide in the summer of 2014.

Christy Bent, mother of Koru

If you need assistance in helping someone with suicide, or are struggling yourself with suicide call 800-273-8255. They’re available 24/7/365 and have the tools and know-how on how to help you. Remember, there is NO shame in admitting you need a little help.

For more information on the My3 App discussed in this episode, check out


Show bonus: Space news is right here! Get your fix!

Special Thanks

  • Our guests, Taryn and Cathy.
  • Nova
  • Killingsworth
  • Alan the Rat King (and if Tugs still has this messed up, he quits)
  • Fido the Cabbit
  • Curran J
  • Edward Fuzzypaws
  • Wolfi Coyote
  • Leo the Artist
  • Kira the Fox
  • T-Wolf


Next episode: Next episode we’ll be talking about caring for the not-pretend animals, aka pets. Do you have a dog or cat or unusual pet? Did your fursona influence your pet selection? How do you take good care of your pets? Do you have friends who don’t? Send your emails by Feb 19, 2015!

  • Sex Nerd Kira

    AGAIN it won’t load on Itunes!!! guys TxT

    • Dreamcasting

      We are investigating!

    • Dreamcasting

      It seems to be fine on our end. We just checked iTunes!

      • Sex Nerd Kira

        Itunes just doesn’t want me to listen to you guys then TxT

  • Zane The Grizzly Bear

    and you know whats weird i going through some sudden depression and i’m clearly going through but my mom who is black by the way just doesn’t him think or talk to me or ask want to go and assure me or anything she would just look at TV rather than try to say at least sorry.But she could never do that after seeing i’m bi from being… religious….

  • DarkYuan

    This was a hard topic to talk about, but it needed to be said.

    A friend of mine that I can’t even get to (only met over Facebook), is constantly in and out of house. He’s been kicked out and/or run away at least twice, and due to divorce, has been with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and either parent. He always says sarcastically how “it’s great people online say how they care so much and they wish they could help, but it’s not like any of you would do anything about it.” I really can’t though, we’re not close enough to know details enough to give to a 911 operator if I thought they were at-risk.

  • Rive

    This was a very heavy episode with many heartwrenching stories, but it had to be done. I hope it helps someone who is suicidal or going through depression. I wish I could send you hugs over the internet.

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