Local Non-Profit Hosting Two Opportunities for Education on Suicide Prevention

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is hosting two Suicide Prevention Forums on the Central Coast. One is focused on college age youth while the other features an internationally recognized speaker and author.

The Suicide Prevention Forum at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo will feature Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. in the Chumash Auditorium. A resource fair will be available before and after the program.

Alison’s brother died by suicide during her first year in college after a protracted and silent struggle with schizoaffective disorder. Left with more questions than answers, Alison looked for a student organization on her campus that was talking about mental health. Finding none, Alison started her own. Today, Alison has been Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc. for over ten years and continues to inspire audiences with her story and calls to action. While dispelling the myths, fear, and shame that surround people who struggle with their mental health, Alison mobilizes communities to take action and join the mental health movement. Active Minds, Inc. is the leading national organization that uses students as the driving force to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.

This event is presented by Transitions-Mental Health Association, Cal Poly Health & Counseling Services in partnership with Cal Poly Active Minds and the Student Veteran Organization/Veteran Success Center. This event is funded by CalMSHA.

Santa Maria, CA: The Suicide Prevention Forum in Santa Maria will feature Kevin Hines, author of Cracked…Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria (near the airport). A resource fair will be available before and after the program, as well as a book signing with Kevin. Books will be available for sale for $25.

When Kevin 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. Cracked…Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt is his first book.

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. Learn more about Lisa Firestone’s work at www.glendon.org

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

For more information about these events, 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, as well as, support, resources and education for their loved ones.