The Art and Science
of Sharing Personal Stories
in Suicide Prevention
SPCC Education Session and Coalition Meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Presentation is free and open to the public
Location: Lilly Marks Conference Room located on the Anschutz Medical Campus located on the 1st floor at 13199 East Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO 80045. The building has a parking garage attached.
Time: 9:30 -10:30 am (followed by regularly scheduled SPCC Coalition Meeting 10:30-11:30am, also open to all interested in SPCC)
Discussion: In light of recent events, we will also open up a discussion on murder-suicide.
When we have direct interactions with people living with a hidden, misunderstood or feared condition like suicidal thoughts or mental illness, we find we have far more in common with them than we have differences. We see the human, not the stereotype. Our prejudices fall away.
Thus, skilled speakers with lived experience of suicide thoughts/attempts and loss can challenge the misinformation and silence that embodies the perceptions and drives the actions leading to isolation and discrimination.
Join SPCC and learn about the art and science of telling your own story about experiences with suicide. Learn why storytelling is important to the storyteller as well as the audience, safe and effective messaging, and the craft of creating a compelling and inspiring narrative.
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker, impact entrepreneur, and survivor of suicide loss, Dr. Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from many perspectives. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap-filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy (a program using humor to engage men in mental health) and the nation’s first comprehensive workplace program designed to help employers with the successful prevention, intervention, and crisis management of suicide.
A recent invited speaker at the White House, Spencer-Thomas’ goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. Spencer-Thomas has also held leadership positions for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Association for Suicidology, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, and the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver, the 2015 Farbarow Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the 2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, Masters in Non-profit Management from Regis University, a Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Art with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention. She lives with her partner and three sons in Conifer, Colorado.
This event is open to all.
For those who can not attend in person, you are invited to use the optional dial in number: 888-644-5563 No PIN needed.
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