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North Texas Stronger Communities: LGBTQ Suicide Prevention

4 Apr 2022 — 2 min read

Stronger Communities: LGBTQ Suicide Prevention is a full-day conference sponsored by the North Texas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The date of the conference will be announced soon. Check back here for more information and to register.
The goal is to raise awareness about LGBTQ suicide risk, bring research findings to the attention of professionals and the public, and explore strategies for LGBTQ suicide prevention in local communities. 
The agenda includes plenary and breakout sessions that feature national and local experts on LGBTQ mental health and suicide risk and will be focused on making mental health, suicide prevention, and education an LGBTQ community priority.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers for the event:
Jeremy Goldbach (he/him), Washington University in St. Louis
Title: The Universal Nature of Loneliness and Human Connection
Description: Risk for suicidality and poor mental health exist for a variety of communities in the United States and beyond. Regardless of the population, marginalized youth are often at higher risk for depression and suicidality. Further, no matter how many interventions are developed to address these needs, disparities continue to persist. But, why? Relying on a variety of findings from his NIH, Department of Defense, Zumberge Foundation and agency sponsored work with LGBTQ youth, Dr. Goldbach attempts to shed light on this critical question. Ultimately, he hopes to not only inform his own work moving forward, but to change the paradigm for understanding health inequity to one that considers stigma as a fundamental cause of health for all people.
Chris Bright  (she/they), The Trevor Project
Title: Supporting LGBTQ Youth Mental Health with The Trevor Project
Description: "Supporting LGBTQ Youth Mental Health with The Trevor Project" provides a basic framework of understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the unique challenges they often face. This training is designed to create dialogue regarding what it means to be an ally for LGBTQ youth by informing participants about terminology used in the LGBTQ community, the process of “coming out” as an LGBTQ person and a discussion of the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth. Through activities, participants are encouraged to explore their own biases, build their knowledge and understanding and develop empathy. In addition to providing this framework, this training offers specific action items to improve the environment for LGBTQ youth.

There are two-tiered registration rates for this conference:  
Standard Admission - $75 
Community members should purchase their registration at the standard rate of $75. 
Student Admission - $30
Full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to purchase their registration at the student rate of $30.  

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