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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 212

The Fight to Prevent Youth Suicide

with guest Leslie Weirich

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | September 15, 2023 | 43 min.

This may be one of the most critical life-saving podcasts you will hear this year. We’re losing our kids to the growing epidemic of childhood and adolescent suicide. Leslie Weirich tragically lost her 20-year-old son to suicide. She now shares her story all around the country to help save young lives and spare other parents the devastating loss she experienced. Leslie debunks some myths about suicide and sheds light on the truth behind teen suicide prevention.

Today's Guest(s)

Leslie Weirich-Podcast-Meeker

Leslie Weirich

Leslie Weirich is a dedicated advocate for suicide prevention, sharing her powerful message for the past six years with teens, young adults, parents, and the military. Her journey began tragically when she lost her son Austin to suicide on September 10th, 2016, which also marks World Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day. She left her full-time job as a Financial Recruiter in 2020 to focus on nationwide speaking, emphasizing youth mental health, especially among young men, student athletes, and the military. Certified in various mental health programs, Leslie’s advocacy includes record-breaking fundraising and keynote appearances at significant events. Connect with Leslie through her website at

Suicide Prevention Resources

Help is available, speak with someone today!

Call or text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline


Leslie Weirich is a testament to the power of a determined mom. Her relentless pursuit to raise awareness around teen suicide prevention was fueled by the unexpected loss of her son, Austin, to suicide at age 20. Leslie’s story undeniably strikes a chord with parents, schools, and communities. She has been catalytic in fostering understanding and empathy towards mental health among teenagers. Her work has indeed transformed and saved numerous lives and reshaped many viewpoints on mental health and suicide prevention.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Gain insightful knowledge on the importance of proactive mental health awareness and its role in preventing youth suicides.
  • Understand the critical role mental health plays in preventing child & adolescent suicides and why it should be everyone’s concern.
  • Appreciate the importance of instilling resilience in our children and how it shapes them for future challenges.



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