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S5. Bonus Episode: Direct Impact with Andrea Epting - Candid Conversation w/ Lisa Sugarman

Season #5

Date: 1/17/24

Episode Title: Direct Impact with Lisa Sugarman

Lisa Sugarman is a parenting author, a nationally syndicated columnist, a podcast host, and a survivor of suicide loss, losing her dad Jim at age ten. She’s also a passionate advocate for mental health awareness & suicide prevention and is a crisis counselor with The Trevor Project, supporting LGBTQ+ youth in crisis. Lisa writes the syndicated opinion column It Is What It Is and is the author of How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It, Untying Parent Anxiety, and LIFE: It Is What It Is, available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and everywhere books are sold. She’s also the co-host of the podcast LIFE Unfiltered on iTunes and on iHeartRadio, and a contributor on Healthline Parenthood, GrownAndFlown, TODAY Parents, The Washington Post, Thrive Global, LittleThings, and More Content Now. Lisa lives just north of Boston. Visit her online at

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