May 9, 2019
Dr. Uchenna Umeh is a pediatrician who has lost people to suicide. She saw this as a growing issue among her patient population, so she left the stability of her medical practice to affect a wider audience by reaching out to larger groups. She is now a public speaker on childhood, teen and young adult depression and suicide. We discuss her recommendations for recognizing characteristics of depression and suicidality, how to start the discussion about such a sensitive issue if we suspect it, and why we should start that discussion even if we don’t suspect it.
She also goes by Dr. Lulu and the Momatrician. She completed medical school in Nigeria and relocated to the US for her pediatric residency program at Howard University Hospital.
She currently resides in San Antonio Texas where she practices telemedicine and freelance writing. Her brand-new bestseller, How to Raise Well-Rounded Children, is available on Amazon here and on her website, teenalive.com. She hosts a weekly Facebook live, Ask Doctor Lulu, on Sundays at 2 pm CST. She was recently invited to testify at the Texas state-house on behalf of the House Bill 10, in support of funding for mental illness.
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