Melanie Balestra's Book - Suicide: A Mother's Journey Through Her Child's Pain

MELANIE BALESTRA, NP, ESQ. Melanie is an attorney with the Law Offices of Melanie Balestra in Newport Beach, California focusing on legal and business issues that affect health care providers and representing them before their respective Boards. She advises on the legal aspects of starting a practice.

She lectures nationally on this subject and liability issues.

She is published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, The Nurse Practitioner, Medscape, American Nurse Today, Plastic Surgical Nursing, Journal of Nursing Law, Nurse Practitioner World News, Advance Practice for Nurse Practitioners, and The Clinical Letter for Nurse Practitioners. She is Past President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Melanie is an advocate and counsel for the California Association for Nurse Practitioner and writes a column in their newsletter. The Connection. She is on the Advisory Board of Nurses Service Organization and continues practicing as a PNP at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. She enjoys doing volunteer work as a PNP in Namibia, Cambodia, and Mexico. Her web page is and her email THIS SPECIAL EPISODE IS ON MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES, DEPRESSION, AND SUICIDE - LISTERNER/VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Our special guest is Attorney and Nurse Practitioner Melanie Balestra. In this episode, we

talked to Melanie about her recent book, "Suicide: A Mother's Journey Through Her Child's Pain." Melanie shared with us why she wrote this book, why it is important to understand mental health illnesses, including depression, and how families could assist their loved ones in coping.

This book could benefit all healthcare providers to understand mental health illnesses, recognize early warning signs, and the importance of early diagnosis. For all the readers and all healthcare providers, please check this book out. It is available through Amazon for immediate download. In this episode, we discussed various topics related to mental illnesses and we asked tough and sensitive questions related to suicide and suicidal preventions and as such we suggest viewer discretion is advised.

If you are under 18 years or younger, please obtain permission from your parents before viewing this episode.

Mental health illnesses are real medical health conditions. Early recognition, treatments, and prevention of mental illness complications are essential to coping and preventing death through suicide.

If you are any of your loved ones are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please reach out to your family, friends, healthcare providers, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and consider calling 911. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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