Suicide Prevention Conference
Friday, September 12, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
New Brunswick, NJ
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Second Annual National Suicide Prevention Day Conference
Back to School: Take a Breath – and Pack a Good Mental Health Tool Kit
Presented by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
and Attitudes In Reverse®
Who Should Attend: Educators, Principals, Superintendents, Healthcare and Behavioral Healthcare Providers, Legislators and their Staff, Policymakers and their Staff
Why Is This Event Important?:More than half of mental health disorders develop by the age of 14 and three-fourths of cases develop by the age of 24. Sixty percent of individuals do not receive treatment, primarily because of stigma. Education about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention during middle or high school or college is essential. Equally critical is awareness of, access to and willingness to seek services as soon as a mental health disorder is recognized.
This program will build awareness of Attitudes In Reverse's (AIR's) unique educational program and the services provided by members of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) and their effectiveness, as well as the State's initiatives to expand access to services and prevent suicides.
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Location: New Jersey Department of Children and Families
New Jersey Child Welfare Training Academy
30 Van Dyke Avenue, CC # 967
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
10:00 to 10:05 a.m. Welcome – Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA)
10:05 to 10:25 a.m. Opening Remarks – The Honorable Allison Blake, PhD, LSW, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
10:25 to 10:45 a.m. The Value of Services – Deborah Megaro, MS, MBA, President, NJAMHAA Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative
10:45 to 10:50 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Presenter – Kurtis Baker, CFP®, Co-Founder, Attitudes In Reverse®
10:50 to 11:20 a.m. Keynote Presentation – Sean Campbell, Founder and Director of Campbell Outreach Group and Campus Community Wellness Speakers, Award-Winning Mental Health Advocate
11:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Alysa Bainbridge, Miss Greater Reading’s Outstanding Teen, whose platform is raising awareness about bipolar disorder
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attitudes In Reverse® - Kurtis Baker; Tricia Baker, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder; Michael Kerzner, Board Member and Communications Coordinator
12:15 to 12:55 p.m. State Initiatives to Expand Access to Services and Prevent Suicide –
- Elizabeth Manley, MSW, Director, Children’s System of Care
- Lynn Kovich, MEd, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
12:55 to 1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Q&A – Shauna Moses, Associate Executive Director, NJAMHAA; Board Member and Communications Director, AIR
Note: Therapy dogs will be at the event as they are an integral part of AIR's programs and they contribute significantly to people's mental health.
When & Where
NJ Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies, Inc.
NJAMHAA is the leading advocacy and trade association for community mental health and addiction treatment providers throughout the state. NJAMHAA represents 180 hospital-based and freestanding providers of mental health and substance use treatment services for children and adults throughout New Jersey.
Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR) was established by Tricia, Kurt and Katelyn Baker of Plainsboro, NJ, in 2010, soon after their son/brother Kenny completed suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Their mission is to save lives by educating students about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention.