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COMMUNITIES
TAKING STEPS
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference




            OCTObEr 27-28, 2011
                    Doubletree Sacramento
     2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 929-8855

      Hosted by Northern Central Region Counties and partner organizations
                Meeting & Event Facilities




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                          About the Conference


Welcome to the first Northern California Regional Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference.
This conference is a collaborative effort between nine counties in the Central Region and several
state, local and national prevention partners. It is funded by county Mental Health Services Act
(MHSA) dollars and the MHSA Workforce Education and Training Central Region Partnership.
The conference is geared toward increasing awareness and understanding of suicide risk and
sharing best practices. Because suicide affects all ages and populations, the first day will explore
unique issues that impact individuals and populations across the life span. The second day offers
an array of skills building workshops designed to increase individual and community capacity
to respond to risk in a variety of settings. Although there are no clear-cut answers to suicide
prevention, through collaboration and team work, we can better address the challenge. We are
pleased to offer this opportunity to expand awareness and understanding and to increase the
health and well being throughout all of our communities.

Please also consider joining…
The Greater Sacramento Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP), a valuable partner in planning this conference, for the annual Out of the Darkness
Community Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the State Capitol. This walk raises money
to increase suicide awareness through research, education and advocacy, and to reach out to
people with mental illness, especially those impacted by suicide. To learn more about AFSP’s
mission, research and programs visit www.afsp.org and join us as we

           v WALK TO SAVE LIVES v WALK TO HONOR LOVED ONES v
           WALK TO INCREASE AWARENESS v WALK TO REDUCE STIGMA




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                bios


                         REVEREND MASTER SENIOR CHAPLAIN MINDI RUSSELL is the Executive
                         Director of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento which serves a
                         number of local law enforcement agencies, in addition to federal and state
                         agencies. Mindi is a career Law Enforcement Chaplain who oversees several
                         programs, including the Law Enforcement Chaplains Program, the Community
                         Chaplains Program, the Outreach Chaplains Program and an Office of
                         Transportation Safety Program that educates high school students in making
                         right choices to not drive while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Chaplain Mindi, with the following certified membership credentials, is an affiliated member of several
boards, teams, and other organizations, including the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
(I.C.I.S.F.); Courage To Be You ( C2BU) Board Member and LEO Task Force member (Anti-Sex &
Human trafficking); Peace Officer Standards and Training Instructor (P.O.S.T.) “Officer Down-Suicide”,
“Stress Management”, “PEER, Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee Member-Sacramento
County School District and the 2010 Governor’s appointee for the California Department of Mental
Health’s Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee.

In April 2002, Chaplain Mindi Russell received the National Crime Victim Service Award from President
George W. Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft. This prestigious award is the highest federal
honor for victim advocacy given by serving at Ground Zero on Sept 11, 2001.

On July 15, 2010, Chaplain Mindi Russell received the John A. Price Award. The International
Conference of Police Chaplains Executive Committee established the John A. Price Awards in January,
1984, to recognize chaplains doing an outstanding job in their own departments.

Mindi is the author of a “New Beginnings Journal” and co-authored the “Chaplains Crisis Manual”. Mindi
is a motivational speaker and has been the keynote speaker for both law enforcement and the business
world. Companies such as Cal Trans, Federal Express, UPS, UC Davis Medical Center, and many
more have used her encouragement and expertise with humor during these difficult economic times to
manage stress and deal in grief and loss issues.




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                                                                             bios



                         ESTER YBARRA-BRYANT
                         My husband died unexpectedly when I was 38 years old and I suddenly
                         found myself struggling as a single Mom raising three teenage children.
                         I was a strong Latina supported by a sizeable extended family and I
                         thought that I could take care of us all. But three years after my
                         husband’s death, my youngest child took his own life. And it was then that
                         my life abruptly came to a halt. I was devastated, utterly lost, and suicidal.

How does one go on living with unending pain?
Hear my story and find hope as I did with my Community Taking Steps.




                          GLEN L. XIONG, M.D. earned his medical degree from UC Davis and
                          completed his post-graduate residency training in both psychiatry and internal
                          medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He practices inpatient psychiatry
                          at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center and also serves as
                          the Medical Director. Additionally, Dr. Xiong provides clinical care and precepts
                          medical students and residents at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic.
                          He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American College
                          of Physicians, Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, Central California
Psychiatric Association. His writing and research focuses on the interface between psychiatry and
medicine, especially in the elderly and people with medical-psychiatric comorbid conditions. He has
received a prestigious grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
(NARSAD) to study the use of cancer screening by individuals with severe mental illness. He most
recently served on Sacramento County’s MHSA Innovations workgroup.




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                 Schedule of Events
                                   Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:30 am to 5:00 pm      Registration/Exhibitors                                        Lobby Area/Capital Foyer
7:30 am to 8:45 am      Continental Breakfast                                             Capital Ballroom Foyer
8:45 am to 9:10 am      General Assembly Welcome                                            Capital Ballroom
                        Michelle Callejas, M.F.T., Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
                        Ann Edwards, Director, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services
                        Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board of Supervisor (Invited)

9:10 am to 10:00 am     Keynote Address “Transforming Others by the Power of HOPE”         Capital Ballroom
                        Reverend Master Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell, Executive Director of the Law
                        Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento

10:00 am to 10:20 am    Guest Speaker                                                           Capital Ballroom
                        Ester Ybarra Bryant

10:20 am to 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am to 12:15 pm    Day One - Morning Workshops

Workshop 1              Transition Age Youth Perspectives: Suicide
Salon A                 Moderator: Stephanie Ramos, Family Coordinator, Mental Health America of Northern California
                        Martha Carrillo, Mental Health America of Northern California - SAFE Program
                        Justin Lock, Mental Health America of Northern California - LGBTQ Youth Collaborative
                        Jordan Moniz, Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
                        A panel discussion with youth and youth advocates from the Sacramento region will
                        discuss the youth’s perspective of suicide and what it means for them and their peers.
Workshop 2              Responding to Suicide Among Adults: Hope Starts Here
Salon D                 Liseanne Wick, The Effort-Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services
                        Learn how stigma affects adults and how life circumstances can influence risk for
                        suicide. Loss of a job, family suicide, relationship issues, health, and substance abuse
                        are real life examples of how stigma, discrimination, and cultural influences play a part
                        in suicide risk. Attendees will leave with tools to assist individuals at risk.

Workshop 3              Suicide Among Our Elders: How Many and Who Are They?
Salon B&C               Robert D. Canning, Ph.D., California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
                        Lin Benjamin, M.S.W., M.H.A., Benjamin Gero-Psych Consulting
                        Diane Sommers, Suicide Prevention of Yolo County
                        Nancy Edgar, L.C.S.W., Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health
                        Participants will learn the signs, symptoms, and circumstances of suicidal behavior
                        unique to older adults including strategies for assessment and preventative measures
                        for managing risk in older adults.
Workshop 4              Children and Youth: Suicide Risk
Sacramento Room         Stacey Peerson, Ph.D., University of California Davis
                        Barbara Kronick, L.C.S.W., Sacramento City Unified School District
                        Pamela Robinson, Sacramento County Office of Education
                        Many children and adolescents at risk for suicide do not ask for help; however, they
                        may show warning signs to peers, parents or trusted school personnel. This panel
                        presentation will discuss mental health stressors that can create crisis for young people
                        as well as protocols used by schools and professionals for assessing risk of suicide.

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12:15 pm to 1:30 pm   Box Lunch (Included with your registration)                      Capital Ballroom Foyer
1:30 pm to 3:15 pm    Day One - Afternoon Workshops


Workshop 5            Postvention is Prevention
Salon D               Marilyn Koenig, Friends for Survival
                      Postvention is an intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of
                      support for the bereaved. This workshop will describe a nationally recognized, grass
                      roots, peer-support program used to provide effective postvention.

Workshop 6            Understanding Perinatal Mood Disorders
Terrace Room          Jane I. Honikman, M.S., Postpartum Support International
                      Women are at highest risk for depression and anxiety during the Perinatal Period
                      (conception through the pregnancy, labor and delivery and the first year postpartum).
                      The focus will be on understanding and responding to women during this time.

Workshop 7            The Journey Home: Suicide Prevention with Military Veterans
Salon A               Janet Lial, L.C.S.W., Department of Veterans Affairs
                      This presentation will focus on special issues related to military veterans such as Post-
                      Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other issues of readjustment, traumatic brain
                      injury, and the relationship to high rates of suicidality.

Workshop 8            Self-Help Strategies for Peers in Emotional Pain
Salon B&C             Lori Shepherd, Disabilities Rights California
                      Intended for people with lived mental health experience, the presenters of this workshop
                      will help participants identify self-help strategies needed to create safe environments for
                      peers struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Workshop 9            Reducing Stigma in the Faith Communities
Sacramento Room       Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Beth Chaim Congregation, Danville
                      Pastor Dale Barrett, Grace Fellowship, Amador
                      This panel will present faith-based perspectives on suicide including the stigma
                      surrounding it. Panelists will discuss multiple ways that faith leaders and communities
                      can engage to reduce stigma, offer support, and address suicide prevention.

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm    Break
                      General Assembly Session

3:30 pm to 3:35 pm    Raffle (Must be present to win)                                         Capital Ballroom

3:35 pm to 4:45 pm    Hope Beyond Survival: Panel Presentation                                  Capital Ballroom
                      Moderator: Robert D. Canning, Ph.D.
                      Panel: Lisa Berry; Colleen King, M.S.W.; Charles Thomas; Maria Vargas
                      Panelists will share their personal experiences with grief after a suicide death and show
                      how they are working to make a difference in their respective communities.
4:45 pm to 5:00 pm    Day One - Closing Remarks/Evaluations                                   Capital Ballroom
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm    Evening Reception                                              Garden Terrace Room
                      Entertainment provided by musician, singer, song writer David Kiesz


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                  Friday, October 28

                                     Friday, October 28, 2011
                                     Friday, October 28, 2011

8:00 am to 4:00 pm      Registration/Exhibitors                                       Capital Ballroom Foyer


8:00 am to 8:30 am      Continental Breakfast                                        Capital Ballroom Foyer


8:30 am to 8:45 am      General Assembly Welcome                                            Capital Ballroom
                        Reflections from Day One and CalMHSA Suicide Prevention Statewide projects
                        Michelle Callejas, M.F.T., Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
                        Maureen Bauman, L.C.S.W., M.P.A., Placer County Adult System of Care


8:45 am to 9:05 am      California Department of Mental Health, Office of Suicide Prevention Capital Ballroom


9:05 am to 10:15 am     Keynote Address: Suicide: New Insights in                             Capital Ballroom
                        Assessment and Prevention
                        Dr. Glen Xiong, MD., Medical Director of Sacramento County
                        Mental Health Treatment Center
                        This presentation will review and update principle knowledge base on suicide
                        assessment and prevention. Comparisons will be made about cultural factors that
                        influence suicide risks and assessment among ethnic minority groups including Latino,
                        southeast Asian, Hmong, and African Americans. Relevant risk and protective factors
                        will be summarized. The influence of psychiatric conditions, substance dependence,
                        and medication usage will be highlighted.
10:15 am to 10:30 am    Break
10:30 am to 12:30 pm    Day Two - Morning Workshops
10:30 am to 12:30 pm    Day Two - Morning Workshops

Workshop 10             Working with Schools in the Aftermath of Suicide
Garden Room             Joanne L. Harpel, J.D., M.Phil., American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
                        The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource
                        Center developed a free online toolkit that covers best practices schools can use to
                        respond after a suicide. Topics include how administrators, teacher and counselors
                        can handle media queries, communicate with parents, deal with rumors, and manage
                        memorial activities.

Workshop 11             It Takes a Community: Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide
Terrace Room            Among Older Adults
                        Anara Guard, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center
                        Lin Benjamin, M.S.W., M.H.A., Benjamin Gero-Psych Consulting
                        A new training manual and toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
                        Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be introduced for promoting emotional health
                        and preventing suicide in senior living communities.



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Workshop 12           Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Salon B&C             Sara Train, The Trevor Project
                      William VanLandingham, The Trevor Project
                      This workshop will provide an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual,
                      transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the environmental stressors that
                      contribute to a heightened risk for suicide.


Workshop 13           Suicide and depression in older Mexican-origin and white men:
Salon D               Insights from the Men’s Health and Aging Study
                      Ladson Hinton, M.S., UC Davis Department of Psychiatry
                      Carolina Apesoa-Varano, Ph.D., Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis
                      This presentation will present on the findings and clinical implications of research
                      on depression and suicidal ideation among older Mexican American and white non-
                      Hispanic men in primary care settings. This study will highlight disparities in depression
                      treatment and suicidal ideation, as well as men’s views of the triggers for their own
                      depression and suicidal ideation.


Workshop 14           Perinatal Mental Health and Support
Salon A               Jane I. Honikman, M.S., Postpartum Support International
                      Perinatal mood disorders impact women and their families. Effective treatments and
                      interventions exist. This workshop will describe and give examples of the role of social
                      support networks during pregnancy and the postpartum period.



 All Day Track
 8:30 am to 4:30 pm     (For pre-registered attendees only. Pre-reading required.)


Workshop 15           Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk for Mental Health Clinicians (AMSR)
Sacramento Room       Donald Belau, Ph.D., Suicide Prevention Resource Center
                      This full day workshop for mental health professionals developed by the Suicide
                      Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology establishes
                      core competencies for effectively assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, and
                      managing the ongoing care of the at-risk patient.



12:30 pm to 1:30 pm   Box Lunch (included with registration)                                  Grand Ballroom




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                Friday, October 28 continued



                        General Assembly Session



 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm      Meeting the Challenges of Rural Suicide Prevention –                     Capital Ballroom
                         Calaveras County
                         Christa Thompson, Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services
                         Linda Mellin, Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services
                         Calaveras County experiences a suicide rate twice that of California. This presentation
                         will highlight initiatives that Behavioral Health Services implemented to create advocates
                         for prevention, train the community on signs and resources, and provide outreach to
                         those at greatest risk.


 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm      Communities Taking Steps: Bringing It Home                             Capital Ballroom


 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm      Raffle (Must be present to win)                                        Capital Ballroom
                         Evaluations




WALK TO SAVE LIVES...

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Greater Sacramento Area Chapter has
partnered with the first Northern California Regional Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference to
increase suicide awareness and education locally.

Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among Americans age 18 - 65, and the 10th leading cause
of death overall in the United States. In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 16 minutes,
claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute; with
close to one million people attempting suicide annually.

The AFSP Greater Sacramento Area Chapter is hosting their fourth Out of the Darkness Community
Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the State Capitol. The goal for 2011 is to raise $55,000 and have
1,200 participate. Net proceeds from the Walk will be used locally for research, education and advocacy
programs; to reach out to people with mental disorders; and to assist those who have survived the
suicide death of a loved one. Come out and walk with AFSP, friends, family and the community to take a
stand against suicide, to bust the stigma surrounding mental illness and to help save lives.

Please register at www.outofthedarkness.org to help with the event or to get more information.




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 Northern California Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference Core Planning Team


              Romeal Samuel, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
                   Michele Zavoras, Placer County Adult System of Care
               Michele Murphy, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
              Mary DeSouza, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
              Kathryn Skrabo, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services




Northern California Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference Regional Planning Team


              Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
                       Lynn Tarrant, Placer County Adult System of Care
               Becky Gould, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services
                             Christa Thompson, Calaveras County
              Stephanie Ramos, Mental Health America of Northern California
               Marilyn Hillerman, Mental Health America of Northern California
            Andrea Hillerman-Crook, Mental Health America of Northern California
                 Joan Beesley, Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health
              Gina Ehlert, California Institute for Mental Health, Central Region
      Anara Guard, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center
                              Marilyn Koenig, Friends for Survival
                      Theresa Ly, California Department of Mental Health
                                    Liseanne Wick, The Effort
                     Jackie Stanfill, Sutter-Yuba Children’s System of Care
                Iris Johnson, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services
                      Sue Taylor, California State University, Sacramento
                               Karen Eggan, Friends for Survival
               Laura Copsey, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services




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