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2023 Conference – All Videos

Thursday Keynote 3 - Will Heininger, BA

Thursday Keynote 4 - Gabby Doyle, MA, The Trevor Project

The Perfect Storm of Stressors: Protecting Your Mental Health During Big Life Changes

Supporting LGBTQ Youth Mental Health: The Importance of Safe & Affirming Schools

Thursday Keynote 2 - Everybody Versus Stigma

Thursday Keynote 1 - Thomas Joiner PhD with introduction by Selena Schmidt, Ascension Health

Kevin Fischer, NAMI Michigan

The Descent Of Agamemnon And The Disquietude Of Job: The Death Of Agency As The Spur Of Suicide

Friday Keynote Panel 1 - Thomas Joiner, PhD, Bart Andrews, PhD and Craig Bryan, PsyD Moderator Amelia Lehto

Friday Keynote 3 - Michelle Cornette, MS, PhD, SAMHSA and Jill Smith, LMSW, CAADC, Common Ground

The Future of Suicide Prevention

988 - Impact and Challenges

Friday Keynote 3 - Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D, LLCU

Saturday Program - 2023 Saving a Life Award

Up on the High Wire - Building Mental Resilience During Tough Times

2023 HONOREES: Amelia Lehto and Zero Suicide Team – CNS Healthcare

Saturday Keynote - Cheryl Waters, IWL

Symposium on Suicide - Travis Atkinson

Coping From Suicide Loss

Self Care for Mental Health Professionals

Symposium on Suicide 1 Scott Zeller MD, Catherine Frank MD, Juan Lopez MD

Friday Keynote 4 - Gregory Flynn, West Bloomfield Fire Department - Chief

Best Practices, Zero Suicide and Medical Treatment

Yellow Rose Campaign: Community Emotional Wellness Gregory Flynn, West Bloomfield Fire Department - Chief Chief Flynn joined the fire service in 1998. He has served West Bloomfield as a firefighter/paramedic, EMS Division Captain, Assistant Chief, and currently Fire Chief. Flynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Studies, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and is currently enrolled in the Naval Postgraduate School – Center for Homeland Defense & Security Master’s Program in Monterey, California. Session Description: The Yellow Rose Campaign’s mission is to remove the stigma of emotional health issues while linking humans with resources, training, and support. The campaign is a pledge to impact the community culture positively.

Saturday Keynote Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia

Kevin's Song Part 01

Listen to Understand Kevin Briggs, Pivotal Points - Owner Kevin Briggs is a retired California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Through his compassion, he encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to choose life over suicide. His efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” After a 23-year career, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promoting mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded. Kevin Berthia,Kevin Berthia Foundation - Founder Kevin Berthia is a suicide attempt survivor and prevention advocate. In 2005, at the age of 22, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin was later reunited with the officer who talked him back to safety. Since then, Kevin’s story of HOPE has touched adverse group of audiences all around the world. Session Description: This presentation with Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia will focus on how we can have a conversation with someone who may be in a mental health crisis. Along with this, individual Quality of Life issues will be discussed.