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For People Welcomes Holle Tubbs and Mary Chase

Sep 30, 2022

A Conversation on Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, but it’s rarely discussed in a productive and open way. This episode of For People introduces Keep/Watch, a new suicide prevention workbook and training from the Diocese of Atlanta that equips churches to combat this crisis and become safer spaces for people who are considering suicide. Bishop Wright’s conversation with Keep/Watch authors Holle Tubbs and Dr. Mary Chase Mize explores suicide causes, prevention methods, and ways that Scripture and tradition invite us to “keep watch” with people who are hurting.

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Holle Tubbs (she/her) is a ministry leader, writer, and speaker who currently serves as Youth Missioner to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. After two decades of ministry, Holle remains passionate about spiritual formation, leadership development, and expansive faith spaces. Her experiences with mental illness and suicide inform her work with young people in the Church. A native of North Carolina, Holle lives in Atlanta with a dog, a cat, a community she loves, and a short drive up to the mountains and whitewater of Appalachia.

Dr. Mary Chase Mize (she/her), PhD, LPC, NCC is a counselor and master-level Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer. She is a postdoctoral research associate at Georgia State University, where she serves as the assistant director of the HOPE lab and co-primary investigator of a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The primary focus of her research is community-based suicide intervention among older adults through equipping nutrition services and aging network providers with life-saving suicide intervention skills. In addition to her work at GSU, Mary Chase is a part-time clinician with Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta. A native of Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta with her husband and son, where they attend the Cathedral of St. Philip.