Suicide Prevention Forum to Feature Kevin Hines, Internationally-Recognized Speaker
The free forum will include Dr. Lisa Firestone and a Resource Fair

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) along with the Glendon Association of Santa Barbara County is pleased to invite the public to a Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria (near the airport).
The free forum will feature Kevin Hines author of Cracked…Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt. When Hines was 19-years old, two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of thirty-three to survive the fall and now actively spreads the message of living mentally healthy around the country and the globe. Hines will speak about his first-hand experience with suicidal thoughts and his eventual attempt to end his life. To learn more, go to www.kevinhinesstory.com.

A discussion will follow the keynote presentation, led by Lisa Firestone PhD. Dr. Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor at www.PsychAlive.org. She is a clinical psychologist and suici­dologist specializing in the assessment, treat­ment and management of high-risk individuals. Dr Firestone is the coauthor of numerous articles and books chapter on suicide and well as co-author of the books The Self Under Siege; Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships; Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion. She is also a popular blogger on Psychology Today and Huffington Post. Dr. Firestone is a national and international speaker on topics that include suicide, and violence, parenting and couple relationships. You can learn more about Lisa Firestone’s work at www.glendon.org.

The forum will also include a local resources and mental health services fair. Attendees seeking services for themselves or someone else are welcome to visit with representatives from over 30 local agencies and county departments. Additionally Kevin Hines will be hosting a book signing.

This event is presented by Transitions-Mental Health Association and The Glendon Association and is funded by CalMSHA.

For more information about this event, visit the event webpage here: http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_sp.html

ABOUT TMHA

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. TMHA operates 30 programs at over 35 locations that reach over 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 35 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones.