HST074 From Suicide Awareness to Action with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Summary:

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical psychologist. Mental health advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor.

She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy (www.ManTherapy.org) and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

She has held leadership roles with the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, United Suicide Survivors International, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the White House on men’s mental health.

She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2015 Farberow Award from the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, and the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver.

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and studio art from Bowdoin College, her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Sally’s background and experience
  • “Beyond the drum of death data” in discussing suicide
  • Mantherapy.org
  • Moving from Awareness to Action
  • Individual and Relationship Action Steps:
    • Develop Resilience
    • Develop a Support Network
    • Plan for Coping
    • Get Trained in Awareness and Prevention
  • Systems Action Steps
    • Have Leaders Step Out Front
    • Screen for Mental Health Needs
    • Develop a prepared Mental Health community
  • Cultural Action Steps
    • Accurate Messaging
    • Develop Peer Support
    • Develop Animal Assisted Resources
    • Integrate Spirituality and Faith

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.