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      August 1, 2019

      Thursday   8:30 AM

      One Partnership Circle
      Abingdon, Virginia 24210

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      Help...Hope...Healing 2019

      Do you envision a world where differences are the norm and a healthy brain is just as important as a healthy body? So do we! Join us at the 2019 Help Hope Healing Conference on August 1, 2019 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.  This year's conference features new, exciting, engaging, and interactive programs designed to increase awareness and skills, bring about a change in our culture, and eradicate the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Join us for key notes, morning breakout sessions, and a screening of Kevin Hines' Suicide:  The Ripple Effect.  As always, this conference is designed to provide valuable information and training to help caring people, like you, become informed and equipped to help individuals and families in our community overcome mental health challenges like addiction, depression, grief, and suicide so that they can move on to healthy and productive futures. EVENT INFORMATION: Sarita Lynn is the CEO of Skie Publishing, LLC. She is the author ofThe Quandry: Feeling Responsible for What’s Not Mine.   Sarita believe ours decisions formulate our actions: who we choose to interact with, how we respond, how we move, and ultimately who we become.   Sarita’s keynote will focus on breaking the cycle of codependent relationships.  Sarita's book, The Quandry, will be available for purchase during breaks.           Victor Armstrong is the Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health.  He is a board member for the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.   Victor has dedicated his career to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness and is a staunch advocate for reducing stigma around mental illness.  He is a nationally renowned speaker on suicide awareness, particularly as it relates to underserved communities.   Victor’s keynote will explore the challenges, advantages and strategies around utilizing staff with lived experience.         Amanda Ingo serves as the Executive Director of NoStigmas.  Mandi holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership & Administration from Benedictine University. Her educational background and lived experience have inspired her to expand programming to fill the gaps she sees in both personal wellness services and public education in regard to social-emotional learning.    Mandi believes the mind is powerful and that the words we hear and the experiences we have even as a child shape our beliefs and inner worlds past, present and future. In her morning breakout session, “Childhood Trauma and Suicide Risk”, Mandi will speak from a lived experience perspective about how traumatic and adverse childhood experiences can increase risk factors that contribute to suicidal ideation and behavior in children and youth.  She will also provide strategies for building resilience and coping skills in children so that they can break the cycle of the trauma from their past.         Mike Bushman is an active advisor and volunteer with NoStigmas.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Mike writes extensively for NoStigmas and other groups on mental health issues.  His lived experience and more than 20 years of employee management inspired him to develop workplace mental health training with NoStigmas.    Mike’s morning breakout session, “Workplace Mental Health”, will focus on how mental health challenges affect the work environment and strategies for creating a healthy and productive atmosphere for employees.               Travis Proffitt is the Director of Academic Diversity Initiatives and a faculty members in the Peace & Social Justice Studies program at Emory & Henry College. He is a 2004 graduate of Emory & Henry, holding degrees in Religion and Public Policy & Community Service. Travis went on to complete his Master of Arts in Social Justice from Loyola University in Chicago in 2008, and is currently a PhD candidate in Humanities and Culture from The Union Institute and University. He is a fifteen-year veteran of higher education administration and teaching, working in areas of civic engagement, social justice education, and diversity inclusion.       Emily Lockhart, LCSW, is a counselor with the Powell Resource Center at Emory & Henry College.  She graduated from Emory & Henry with a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy & Community Service and received her Master's in Social Work from Radford University. She is experienced in providing therapy to all age groups and utilizes an empowerment model in her counseling work.  In their morning breakout session, “Y’all Means All: Providing Effective Care for LGBTQ Persons”, Travis and Emily will give participants the opportunity to understand basic terminologies and concepts related to LGBTQ persons and their unique experiences in our society.  They will explore a wide range of research that highlights the challenges faced by this population from employment discrimination to suicide risk and will provide specific strategies and resources that you may consider utilizing in order to support your efforts at being an affirming and inclusive mental health professional.             Lt. Teresa Meade conducts REVIVE! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone education for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.      Daniel Hunsucker is a Health Educator and Harm Reduction Coordinator for the VA Department of Health/LENOWISCO Health District.        Melanie Deel is a Health Educator for the VA Department of Health/LENOWISCO Health District    In two morning breakout sessions, Lt. Meade, Daniel and Melanie will provide the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program, REVIVE!.   Participants will be trained on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).  Naloxone will be dispensed to participants who complete the training.     Kirk Abner, is a Forbes Speaker/Thought Leader, inspirational problem solver, story teller, trainer and author of the book Flower Dog Man. In his morning breakout session, Kirk will share his unique and powerful insights and the life lessons learned from an eclectic and independent life journey as well as his path to recovery after a 1997 suicide attempt. Kirk works to save lives and to help individuals, families, professionals and communities live meaningful lives to their fullest potential. Kirk's book, Flower Dog Man, will be available for purchase during breaks.        Laura Rasnake serves as the Suicide Prevention Program Supervisor at the James H. Quillen VAMC in Mountain Home, TN. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University and has served in variety of clinical, administrative and supervisory positions within suicide prevention, substance abuse and other behavioral health programs at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia In her morning breakout session, “Prevention of Suicide Among Military Personnel and Veterans”, Laura will discuss the scope of the problem of suicide among Veterans, the facts, myths and realities about suicide, an overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program and the Community S.A.V.E. Training and available resources for Veterans, their families and community partners.         Megan Gaylord is the Program Supervisor of Specialized Crisis Services at Youth Villages in Jackson, TN.   Her morning session, “When Baby Blues Lead to Black: The Challenges of Maternal Suicide Risk” will discuss normal post-natal events, identify signs of maternal mental health crises that require intervention, outline the intersection between Per-Partum Depression, miscarriage/stillbirth, infant loss and suicide risk and will identify risk factors for suicide linked to maternal mental health.   The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Since then, Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive and find recovery.   ABOUT The annual Help Hope Healing conference is hosted by the Region III West Wellness Council, a regional suicide prevention team comprised of representatives from Cumberland Mountain Community Services, Dickenson County Behavioral Health Services, Frontier Health/Planning District 1 Behavioral Health Services, Highlands Community Services, Mount Rogers Community Services, and the Crisis Center, Inc., in Bristol. Local coalitions partnering to sponsor the event include the Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment (ASAC), the Concerned About Our Community Coalition (CAOC), the Bristol/Washington County Program Managers Team, Buchannan County Youth Prevention Coalition, the Russell County Prevention Coalition, the Dickenson County Partners for Prevention, the LENOWISCO Suicide Prevention Coalition, the SATIRA coalition of Tazewell County, the Twin County Prevention Coalition, the Wythe/Bland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Washington County Prevention Coalition. The conference is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.  ===============================================   Registration - $25.00 Registration fee includes lunch. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options will be available, and can be indicated during the registration process.   We expect a sell-out crowd, be sure to register early to reserve your seat!    No registrations or payments will be accepted at the door.  This event is provided in part by a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Region III West Wellness Council. If you or someone you know is thinking of harming themselves, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  

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