Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention

May. 5, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1000 Riverchase Galleria
Hoover, Alabama 35244

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For questions about this event, contact Marissa Grayson at [email protected].

Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention is a full-day conference sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 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 both 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.

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This conference will feature the following keynote speakers and topics:

Ashby Dodge, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer, The Trevor Project (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower: How to Support LGBTQ Youth)

Ashby Dodge is the Chief Clinical Officer at The Trevor Project – the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. Ms. Dodge oversees all of Trevor’s Crisis Services, including the 24/7 Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat and TrevorText; Trevor’s education and training programs, and clinical supervision. Ms. Dodge assumes responsibility for a broad range of programs and projects, including professional communications, development of the crisis services department, and oversight of selected staff, clinicians and social work interns within the Program Department. Ms. Dodge also runs a small private practice in New York City, focusing additionally on sexual assault, substance abuse treatment and couples/individual counseling.

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law (Minority Stress and Suicide Risk in Sexual Minorities: What We Know and What We Need to Know)

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. is Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law and Professor Emeritus of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University. Dr. Meyer areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender. In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress that describes the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helps to explain LGBT health disparities. The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma.

Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., ACSW, The Family Acceptance Project (Critical Role of Family Support in Preventing Suicide and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth)

Dr. Caitlin Ryan is a clinical social worker who has worked on LGBT health and mental health for more than 40 years. She directs the Family Acceptance Project at SF State University – a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to help ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children to prevent health risks, including suicide. Dr. Ryan’s research has established the role of family rejection and acceptance in contributing to risk and well-being for LGBT young people. She has developed the first research-based family support model to increase acceptance and connectedness for LGBT children and youth to prevent suicide and other health risks and promote positive outcomes. Her work has been recognized by major professional groups. She has served on many advisory groups, including the Committee on LGBT Health for the Institute of Medicine and the LGBT Suicide Prevention Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.