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Welcome to Inspire Hope Blog (Intro)

Well, hello there! I am Mettie Spiess. I started Inspire Hope Blog after I tragically lost a second brother to suicide in 2014 to end the stigma and shame regarding mental illness, inspire hope, and prevent suicide. Here you will find support, tools, and resources

Can Genetic Testing Benefit Your Mental Health?

Can genetic testing take the trial and error out of prescribing anti-depressant medications? First, let’s talk about what genetic testing actually is. According to the standard online definition, genetic testing is “the sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations

Why People That “Have It All” Die by Suicide

I often get asked the question: “Why do people that have it all end their life by suicide?” In every case, suicide is incomprehensible, but it seems to be more unfathomable when the person that passes away leaves behind children, a fortune, and overwhelming popularity.

Hope Heroes You Must Meet!

As a speaker-trainer, I attend A LOT of conferences. In April, I ventured to Phoenix to attend the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference. The support, education, and camaraderie that I was lucky enough to be a part of was profound. Meet some of the Hope

The Positives & Negatives of ’13 Reasons Why’

As a suicide and bullying prevention speaker and trainer I have been hearing a lot about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” from students, educators, and parents. The series graphically depicts the suicide of fictional character, Hannah Baker, and addresses a number of difficult topics,