Topher Jerome Shares His Story and Jaspr Health Work on Beyond Well Podcast

By October 11, 2020 January 21st, 2022 News

Topher Jerome

Director of Lived Experience Integration

“I had this whole idea I could use my own lived experience with suicide and behavioral health issues to help another person. I was looking for a change, I wanted to merge my background in Information Technology with Behavioral Health. – Topher Jerome

More than 40% of people who die by suicide have actually visited an emergency room or spoken to a doctor, but health care providers face challenges in providing evidence-based evaluation and care for suicidal ideation and intent.  In this episode of the Beyond Well podcast, Topher Jerome, Lived Experience Advisory Board Chair at Jaspr Health spoke with Sheila Hamilton to discuss his experiences and why he is committed to working with the team.

Jaspr Health is a platform designed, with funding through NIMH, to help people in the emergency department struggling with suicide. It contains comprehensive risk assessment, videos of people with lived experience, skills to help reduce distress in the moment and to use for ongoing support, as well as a companion smartphone app that helps people after discharge.

In this episode, Topher shares:

  • His struggles with substance use disorder and lifelong mental health issues which brought him to multiple attempts at ending his life;
  • How he used his lived experience to begin working as a peer counselor at the hospital where he had previously had a successful IT career;
  • Why joining the Jaspr Team was a perfect fit for his lived experiences with suicidal ideation and his IT background;
  • What the disconnect has been in the emergency room for a person in crisis and how Jaspr is designed to provide a crisis stabilization solution; and
  • A walkthrough demo of Jaspr where he shares some of its helpful features.

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