Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention

Jun. 15, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Jose Marriott
San Jose, California 95113

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Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention is a full-day conference sponsored by the Greater San Francisco Bay Area 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:

Jeremy T. Goldbach, PhD, LMSW, Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The Universal Nature of Loneliness and the Human Connection

Jeremy T. Goldbach is a social worker, and Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  His research is broadly focused on how discrimination may interrupt healthy development among adolescents, with an emphasis on resilience to mental health concerns. His work has been supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Defense (DOD) and The Trevor Project.

John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Seeking answers about suicide deaths among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Dr. John R. Blosnich is a research health scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He earned his PhD in Public Health Sciences in 2011 from West Virginia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in suicide prevention at the University of Rochester, where he began his VA research in collaboration with the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention. His research areas of expertise include interpersonal and self-directed violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Christopher Bright, Senior Training and Education Manager, The Trevor Project

Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower: How to Support LGBTQ Youth

Chris Bright is the Senior Training and Education Manager at The Trevor Project, the leading national organization serving LGBTQ+ youth in the areas of suicide prevention and crisis intervention. Chris is responsible for developing and overseeing all of Trevor’s internal crisis services trainings as well as facilitating trainings and workshops around the country. Chris identifies as genderqueer and is an expert in serving youth across the many facets of the LGBTQ+ community.

Breakout session information will be posted shortly and will feature local Bay Area organizations who provide resources, support, and programming centered around LGBTQ+ mental health.

Additional Speakers and Program Notes TBA Shortly!