Suicide Prevention Education Event
Presentations and Handouts
Thank you for attending the Suicide Prevention Education Event on January 27, 2012 at the Charleston Convention Center.
Suicide is the third largest cause of death in the United States for ages 10-24. For current military personnel or veterans, suicide rates are increasing and exceeding the national average of 11.1 suicides per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Defense Department. The agency says the military rate averaged 12.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 2010.
In an effort to prevent suicide among our high risk groups, our youth and military, and provide support to a significantly reduced public mental health and education system, The Rotary Club of North Charleston hosted the Suicide Prevention Education event held on January 27, 2012.
The event was sponsored by Palmetto Behavioral Health System, the SC Department of Mental Health, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Palmetto Scholars Academy, and Force Protection. The goal was to provide free suicide preventive education to educators, military personnel, health care and child care providers, mental health providers, parents, and the general public.
Handouts and presentations made at the Suicide Prevention Education event are available below:
- Jackie Garrick, Acting Director, Defense Suicide Prevention & Risk Reduction Office, Readiness, Pentagon – Presentation
- Dr. Tracy Cross, President Elect – National Association of Gifted Children, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, Executive Director, Center for Gifted Education, The College of William and Mary: “Making Sense of the Suicidal Behavior of Students with Gifts and Talents”
- Mark De Santis, Psy.D., Suicide Prevention Coordinator, R.H. Johnson, Veteran’s Medical Center: “Operation S.A.V.E. & Management of Suicidal Individuals”
- Doris Singleton, Executive Director, Krista Godek, Regional Director of Education, and Shannon Parker, Director of Clinical Services, Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health:”Youth Suicide Prevention – What Schools Can Do”
- Kristy Center Ph.D., PTSD Clinical Team, R.H. Johnson Veteran’s Medical Center: “Is there a Relationship between PTSD and Suicide”
- James G. McDonagh, Psy.D., Local Recovery Coordinator, R.H. Johnson Veteran’s Medical Center: “Mental Health Recovery: The Flipside of Suicide Risk”
- Kathy Bottanari, Ph.D., Substance Abuse Treatment Center Psychologists, R.H. Johnson Veteran’s Medical Center: “Reducing Suicidal Behavior: Improving Outcomes in the Face of Substance Abuse”
- Trident United Way’s 211 Suicide Prevention Sheet
- Local Resources
Please note: Palmetto Behavioral Health System hosts free CEU trainings on various mental health topics the first Friday of each month at our Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health facility at 2777 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston at 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. A free continental breakfast is provided. Please sign up for our free enewsletter using the form in the sidebar and you will receive monthly reminders of upcoming educational sessions. Upcoming topics are posted here.
If you have questions, please contact Stacey Lindbergh at or 843-437-1751 or [email protected].