Bridging the Divide 2018
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention
May 17-18, 2018
The 2018 conference will be a full two-day conference.
Pre-conference workshops will be available on May 16th.
The 2018 Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit on May 17-18, 2018 in Denver will explore the theme "Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention." This state-wide conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC), will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one's suicide attempt or death.
Breakout sessions at the 2018 Bridging the Divide Summit will provide opportunities to learn about new developments and best practices through the Clinicians/Peer Supporter, Programs that Work, Research, and People with Lived Experiences with Suicide tracks.
Yeates Conwell, M.D.
Co-Director of the Center for the Study and prevention of Suicide
Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Prevention of Suicide in Later Life: Clinical and Public Health Perspectives
In 2012, Dr. Conwell was selected as an Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He has lectured and written extensively on suicide and depression in later life, drawing on research that has been continuously funded by NIH institutes, the CDC, and foundation support for the past 25 years. He has been a regular member of NIH review panels, was the President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves as consultant to agencies and centers dedicated to suicide prevention research worldwide. The primary foci of Dr. Conwell's research are risk factors for suicide in the second half of life and their implications for service system redesign, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of preventive interventions in community settings, and their linkage to healthcare services. As well, Dr. Conwell maintains a clinical practice providing care to older adults.
Dr. Conwell received his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and undertook his psychiatry residency and postdoctoral research training at Yale University School of Medicine.
Shelby Rowe, MBA
Reconnecting With Your Unconquerable Spirit
Shelby Rowe is the youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. A public health professional, crisis intervention expert, and suicide attempt survivor, she has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement since 2007 at the local, state, and national levels. Shelby is also a member of the Consumer/Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network.
Before moving back home to Oklahoma in 2017, she worked as the national manager of education and prevention programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York.
In the past, she has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, and was a member of the Arkansas Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. Ms. Rowe holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, and an M.B.A.
Russell (Russ) Toomey, Ph.D.
Sexual and Gender Minority Disparities in Suicide Behavior: Risk and Resilience
Dr. Russell Toomey received his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He is also the Associate Editor for the Journal of Adolescent Research and is a recipient of the Society for Research on Adolescence Young Investigator Award, a National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Award, and the University of Arizona Shirley O'Brien Diversity Award.
Dr. Toomey's research identifies malleable contextual (e.g. family, school) and individual-level (e.g. identity processes) factors that contribute to and mitigate health disparities experienced by marginalized adolescents in the United States. His research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ adolescents and Latinx youth, and the culturally-relevant protective factors (e.g. ethnic-racial identity, Gay-Straight Alliances) that buffer these associations. Dr. Toomey's current research integrates these two distinct - but conceptually similar - lines of research (i.e. LGBTQ youth and Latinx youth) and focuses on how the amalgamation of individuals' multiple marginalized identities contributes to their contextual experiences, health, and well-being.
Nearly 25 years of research has documented that adolescents who identify in sexual minorities are more likely to engage in suicide behavior compared to their heterosexual peers. More recent studies have documented a similar disparity between gender minority and cisgender adolescents. Dr. Toomey will describe his recent research, funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, that describes disparities by sexual and gender minority subgroups (i.e. not treating sexual and gender minority groups as monolithic), including intersections with other key sociodemographic characterizers that are known to be risk factors in suicidal behaviors. Additionally, he will describe findings from his recent national study, in collaboration with the Search Institute, that focus on how universal risk and resilience factors differ in their relationships with suicidal behaviors by sexual and gender minority status. HIs presentation will detail the importance of understanding minority-specific risk and resilience processes.
Dr. Melaney Sreenan Ph.D.
Suicide: From Shock & Shame to Healing & Wholeness
Neuroscience expert, Dr. Melaney Sreenan, has inspired audiences for over 30 years. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and extensive research and training by masters in the field of neuroscience, her innovative keynotes elevate and propel audiences into immediate, unparalleled action.
Dr. Sreenan transforms listeners by assisting them to commit to new and dynamic belief paradigms. By helping individuals adopt new operating systems, Dr. Sreenan provides listeners with insight, tools, and concrete plans to redefine their status quo and utilize their highest energy, immediately.
Dr. Sreenan is one of 50 elite consultants certified and trained by renowned neuroscience expert, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and currently resides on his top leadership team. She is a certified trainer in Trauma Release Exercises, a method founded by David Berceli, and worked with the late Elizabeth Kubler Ross, who inspired her to create the nonprofit Center for Grieving and Dying and their families.
She has worked as a primary consultant for non-profit Colorado Life Work that received the Colorado Mental Health Award for assisting individuals, families, and communities in dealing with mental illness, stress, suicide prevention, divorce, and aging.
Dr. Sreenan is listed in Who's Who Among American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals, and was also nominated as Distinctive Woman of the Year in 1994. She has presented her research to the International Conference of Suicidology, and has presented other findings in her years of practice to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
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