During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. Kristin experienced this misery, yet still managed to touch many lives and even in death continues to help others find help for their depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was created to help those in crisis find help and hope immediately. The site and her story gives you a raw, personal glimpse into depression, and how it affects those around you. In addition, you will find the only clear, step-by-step path for you to follow out of the darkness. There is hope and you can feel happy again! If you need to speak with someone right now call: 1.800.442.HOPE

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Alive! Mental Health Fairs in 2014

2.20.14 - Florida State University - Tallahassee FL
2.24.14 - Jefferson Community College - Watertown NY (3rd year in a row!)
2.25.14 - Penn State University - Greater Allegheny (4th year in a row!)
2.25.14 - Lindenwood University - St Charles MO
2.26.14 - Onondaga Community College - Syracuse NY
3.04.14 - San Bernardino Valley College - San Bernardino CA
3.06.14 - Doane College - Crete NE
3.19.14 - St. Francis University - Joliet IL
3.26.14 - Richland Community College - Decatur IL
4.10.14 - UCONN - Stamford CT

More events to be posted soon!

More information on the Alive! Mental Health Fair HERE.

March 2014

  • AMSR: Training of Trainers
    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 8:30am Face-to-face

    All trainees must meet the criteria outlined on below. Tuition for the training is $140.00 and covers all instructional supplies and CEUs for AMSR/Day One. All travel expenses will be the responsibility of the trainee, but two nights lodging at a nearby hotel will be provided for trainees who live outside of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.Interested individuals meeting the criteria below should submit applications and related materials no later than January 13, 2014. Selections will be announced as they are determined, so it is recommended that you submit your application well before the 1/13/14 deadline. All applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than February 10, 2014 regarding whether they are invited to attend the AMSR ToT.Eligibility Criteria1. Minimum degree: at least master level preparation in a mental health profession;2. Five or more years as a practicing clinician in an outpatient clinical setting (preferably with some inpatient experience, as well), emergency department, or crisis intervention setting.3. Currently licensed to practice.4. Familiarity with the subject matter (maintaining an effective attitude and approach to suicidal clients, collecting accurate information, formulating risk, developing a treatment and services plan, and managing care) as evidenced by: lecturing, attending workshops/conferences, publishing, supervising, training graduate students, and/or research in clinical suicidology.
    Sponsor: Forefront
    Contact: Sue Eastgard sueeastgard@comcast.net
  • Comfort Zone Camp
    Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:30am Face-to-face

    Comfort Zone Camp is honored to partner with Samaritans and the Department of Public Health (Suicide Prevention) to provide this camp for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver to suicide. This camp is limited to children living in Massachusetts, due to the funding requirements. This one day program is a strength-based, child-focused model, which includes age-based support groups facilitated by trained grief specialists. The program will facilitate icebreakers, confidence-building activities and other activities designed to facilitate trust, expression, and interaction among them.To be eligible for this camp, the child must be between the ages of 7-17(18 if still in high school), and experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.Grief evolves with each developmental stage a child reaches, so learning to manage grief in a healthy way is important at every age. Whether the child's loss was ten years or three months ago, encourage them to attend - you may have an opportunity to change the course of their life.
    Sponsor: Samaritans Department of Public Health (Suicide Prevention)
    Where: Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School
    Contact: Sue Oppici sue@comfortzonecamp.org (781) 756-4840
    Event URL: https://www.comfortzonecamp.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=580
  • A Surprising Health Disparity: Suicide among Men in the Middle Years
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 3:00pm

    This webinar is designed to support the development of best practices for suicide prevention among men in the middle years of life. Bringing together panelists from the US and Ireland, this webinar will provide data on the scope of the problem, a framework for conceptualizing suicide prevention strategies, and an example of an innovative program that fits within this framework.Learning Objectives:Summarize the changes over time in US rates and methods for middle-aged adults with a focus on middle-aged men.Identify risk and precipitating factors for suicide among middle-aged men.Explain the “common risk approach” to suicide prevention.Describe a pilot program implemented in Ireland for men in the middle years who are at increased risk as a result of economic/employment issues.Sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention.
    Contact: Lieu Dominique dlieu@edc.org
    Event URL: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/menmiddleyears/event/registration.html
  • AMSR: FOREFRONT (University of Washington)
    Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:30am Face-to-face

    The Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Management & Treatment Act of 2012 was passed to better prepare you to work with suicidal patients – to improve your confidence and competence. If you are a mental health professional you are required to complete a minimum of six hours of training in suicide assessment, management and treatment every six years. Each disciplinary board has established the rules by which their professionals will operate under this law, including a list of approved training programs. AMSR is one of them.
    Sponsor: Forefront
    Where: 4101 15th Avenue NE
    Contact: Sue Eastgard sueeastgard@comcast.net
    Event URL: http://nasw-wa.org/event-registration/?ee=41
  • Psychological Autopsy Certification Training
    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:00am

    This training will discuss the purposes of the psychological autopsy as a postmortem investigatory tool; identify the procedures used in the conduct of a psychological autopsy investigation; learn to effectively implement a psychological autopsy protocol and associated procedures to conduct, analyze, and understand how and why an individual died by a specific manner of suicide.
    Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
    Where: Conference Center
    Contact: Mr. Holley Jackson hjackson@suicidology.org (202) 237-2280

April 2014

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