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					                                 Conference Program

    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

To register go to:          v    $100 before October 1, 2011, $125 after
                  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 and join us as we


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                         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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                         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.

                          DR. XIONG 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. His 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
7:30 am to 8:45 am     Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:10 am     General Assembly Welcome
                       Michelle Callejas, M.F.T., Sacramento County Behavioral Health 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”
                       Reverend Master Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell, Executive Director of the Law
                       Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento

10:00 am to 10:20 am   Guest Speaker
                       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
                       Youth Panelists, California Coalition for Youth
                       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
                       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?
                       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
                       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
                       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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                Thursday, October 27 continued

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm     Lunch (On your own)
1:30 pm to 3:15 pm      Day One - Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 5              Postvention is Prevention
                        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
                        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
                        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
                        Lori Shepherd, Disabilities Rights California
                        Sharon Kuehn, California Network of Mental Health Clients
                        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
                        Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Beth Chaim Congregation, Danville
                        Pastor Dale Barrett, Grace Fellowship, Amador
                        Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez, Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims
                        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)
3:35 pm to 4:45 pm      Hope Beyond Survival: Panel Presentation
                        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
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm      Evening Reception

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                                                      Friday, October 28

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

8:00 am to 4:00 pm     Registration/Exhibitors

8:00 am to 8:30 am     Continental Breakfast

8:30 am to 8:45 am     General Assembly Welcome
                       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

9:05 am to 10:15 am    Keynote Address: Suicide: New Insights in Assessment and Prevention
                       Dr. Glen Xiong, MD., Medical Director of Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment
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
                       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
                       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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               Friday, October 28 continued

Workshop 12           Supporting LGBTQ Youth
                      Sara Train, The Trevor Project
                      William Van Landingham, 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           Coming Soon

Workshop 14           Perinatal Mental Health and Support
                      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)
                      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)
                                        Friday, October 28 continued

                        General Assembly Session

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm      Meeting the Challenges of Rural Suicide Prevention – Calaveras County
                        Christa Thompson, Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services
                        Asella Donovan-Blood, 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

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


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 to help with the event or to get more information.

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