Standing by Our Men: Suicide Prevention for Men of Working Age
A Community Forum and Complimentary Luncheon
Monday October 25, 2010, 11:30 – 1:00
In Massachusetts middle age men have the highest number of suicides. “Women seek help, men die” was the stark conclusion of one suicide prevention researcher. These facts point to the need for communities to think differently about how to reach men struggling with suicidal behavior.
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas will lead a community forum on Monday October, 25th at 11:30 at Faregrounds Restaurant. The research tells us that our traditional way of doing suicide prevention doesn’t work – and that we must fine new partners and new perspectives to reach suicidal men. In particular, we need to change our language and the way we engage men to “fix themselves.” Participants will learn about the psychological models and foundational research that provide a framework for how we
can shift our thinking about suicide prevention for men of working age. The forum will demonstrate how to translate the research into practice by looking at successful models from around the world.
As a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, and survivor of her brother’s suicide, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of mental health promotion and suicide prevention from a number of perspectives. Currently, she is the Executive Director for the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, the Executive Secretary for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (a program of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center) and a professional speaker for CAMPUSPEAK. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of mental health promotion and suicide prevention including speaking engagements for the FBI Academy, the National Association of Suicidology, and the International Association of Suicide Prevention. She currently serves on the board for the Suicide
Prevention Coalition of Colorado and as the Survivor Division Chair for the American Association of Suicidology.
“Standing by Our Men: Suicide Prevention for Men of Working Age” is sponsored by the Nantucket Suicide Prevention Coalition, Family and Children’s Services of Nantucket, Cape Cod Community Health Care, the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition and Massachusetts General Hospital. This forum is a complimentary luncheon and is open to the whole community. Sitting is limited so please call Jenny Garneau at 508-325-0048 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.