Bethune-Cookman University Counseling Services along with the Project S.T.E.P.S. (Survival Through Education Prevention and Services) Program Committee will host the Many Voices, One Vision Suicide Prevention Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8 at the School of Business – Wendell P. Holmes Building at B-CU.
“The Many Voices, One Vision conference addresses the stigma of suicide in the African-American community and among special populations,” said B-CU Counseling Services Director Joi Niles. “Suicide does not discriminate and affects everyone. Come learn how to save a life.”
The conference is free and open to the public.
The American Association of Suicidology reported 2,144 African-Americans committed suicide in the United States in 2010. Suicide was the third-leading cause of death among African-American youth (ages 10-19) after homicides and accidents.
Mental health among conference topics
NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks of Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis will be the closing speaker at the conference. Her presentation at 3 p.m. will address stigma and myths associated with suicide and mental health issues among African-Americans.
Tolbert-Banks states, “With a greater awareness of suicide, warning signs, and how to help those at risk in developing and strengthening necessary coping skills, we can all be a part of the end crowd to combat a serious issue within the African-American community.”
The one-day conference will provide various workshops on suicide awareness, prevention and intervention when working with special populations such as students of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) individuals; and military veterans.
The conference will offer three sessions for each of these special populations, in addition to three sessions focusing on women’s mental health.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Project S.T.E.P.S. is a campus-wide suicide prevention program designed to help diminish or eliminate risk factors that predispose students to suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts.
To register online, click on this link: http://www.cookman.edu/currentstudents/studdev/counselingserv/confReg.html. Conference attendees can contact B-CU Counseling Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or fax registration forms to 386-481-2923.