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Coming Together To Care:
A Suicide Prevention Toolkit Workshop
August 11, 2004 * 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Texas Medical Association Auditorium* Austin, Texas

Introductions
Lynn Lasky, President/CEO Mental Health Association in Texas

Welcome
Coming Together To Care
David Wanser, Ph.D. is the Deputy Commissioner for Behavioral and Community Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services, the consolidated department for mental health, substance abuse and public health. Dr. Wanser's responsibilities include administration of contracted services for a wide range of mental health, substance abuse, primary and preventive care and nutrition services and oversight of the state mental health and public health facilities. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, he served as Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) for three years. TCADA purchases evidence-based prevention and treatment services, and is a national leader in the use of web-based data infrastructure for behavioral health services. As TCADA Executive Director he chaired the statewide Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee comprised of 19 state agencies. During his fifteen year tenure at the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR), Dr. Wanser served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services and Director of NorthSTAR Behavioral Health Program, a multi-agency capitated managed care program in north Texas. NorthSTAR was named a semi-finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Innovations in American Government competition sponsored by Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Wanser has been a consultant to the Center for Mental Health Services Mental Health Performance Partnership Grant Program since 1994. He is first vice-president of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Substance Abuse Directors and was previously the chairperson of the Adult Services Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). He has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma.
Download Governor's Proclamation on Texas Suicide Prevention Week (.JPG)
Objectives:
1) To raise awareness of the scope of the problem that suicide poses in Texas
2) To orient attendees to the purpose of today's workshop and the need for suicide prevention coalitions across the state
3) To lay out the role that suicide prevention will have in the newly organized Texas Department of State Health Services

Session 1
Commitment to Suicide Prevention in the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Nancy Speck, Ph.D., is Co-Chair of the Mental Health Work Group of the Texas Strategic Health Partnership and served as a member of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Dr. Speck is a Telehealth Regional Consultant and Coordinator at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is retired from the faculty and administration of Stephen F. Austin State University where she had previously served as vice president. Dr. Speck has extensive experience in the areas of community mental health, public and higher education, and community development. She has served on numerous committees, commissions, and task forces at the State and national levels, including the Advisory Committee to the Texas Commissioner for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Governor's Task Force on Job Creation, the Texas Women's Commission, the Texas Council of Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers and the U.S. Department of Education FIRST Board. She has been an appointed trustee on a regional mental health and mental retardation authority for more than 25 years. She serves as vice-chair of the Burke Center regional board and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Council of Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers. She also serves as secretary and treasurer for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Dr. Speck earned a Ph.D. in Special Education with concentrations in gifted education and administration from Texas Women's University in 1978. She obtained a Masters in Education from Temple University with a major in socially and emotionally disturbed children in 1971, and a B.A. from the University of Texas with a major in liberal arts honors program in 1961. She is the mother of two grown children and grandmother of four grandchildren.
Outline of the Final Report for The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

Objectives:
1) To familiarize participants with the suicide prevention focus included in the final report of the President's New Freedom Commission for Mental Health
2) To raise awareness of the history and goals of the Mental Health Work Group of the Texas Strategic Health Partnership

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Session 2
Coalition Building 101: Suicide Prevention Examples from Other States & Other Communities
Jerry Reed, MSW serves as Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, Inc (SPAN USA). Prior to assuming this position on July 1, 2003, Jerry served as an independent consultant working on health care, mental health, geriatric and suicide prevention issues. He most recently worked with the Center for Mental Health Services on a variety of initiatives in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and also served as project liaison with the three-year Hotline Linkage and Evaluation Project (HELP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). He received an MSW degree with an emphasis in Aging Administration from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982. He spent 15 years as a career civil servant working in both Europe and the United States as a civilian with the Department of the Army developing, implementing and managing a variety of quality of life programs including substance abuse prevention and treatment, family advocacy, child and youth development programs, social services and a range of morale, welfare and recreation programs. Selected as a Congressional Fellow in 1996, he worked in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (NV) serving as senior advisor on health care, mental health, suicide prevention and aging issues. Upon completion of the fellowship he accepted a full time position with the U.S. Senate and completed his assignment in 1999 as Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Reid. Jerry is currently working on a doctoral degree in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
View Community Organizing Presentation
View Federal Level Prevention Presentation

Objectives:
1) To explain the purpose, process and methods of community organizing
2) To describe the key skills involved in community organizing
3) To review how community organizing can support suicide prevention initiatives

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Session 3
Counting the Impact: The Data Behind Deaths by Suicide in Texas
Sharon M. Derrick, Ph.D. is the Injury Surveillance Coordinator for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, in which capacity she supervises the Epidemiology Injury Surveillance and Fatality Review Programs. She is the current presiding officer of the Houston/Harris County Child Fatality Review Team, coordinates the Harris County Adult Violent Death Review Team, participates on the Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team, and serves on the Board of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Dr. Derrick received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Physical Anthropology with specializations in skeletal pathology and epidemiology. She has written multiple reports for law enforcement agencies, private archaeological mitigation companies, and the Office of the Texas State Archaeologist on her findings from examination of recovered human remains. Dr. Derrick has also authored or co-authored a number of journal articles, the majority of which concentrate on health data retrieved from the analysis of human skeletons of archaeological significance.

Objectives:
1) To raise awarness of the importance of collecting and tracking suicide data
2) To provide information on sources of suicide data and methods for tracking data
3) To educate stakeholders about ways to improve suicide data collecting in their community

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Session 4
Cooridnating Your Efforts With National, State & Local Resources
"National Resources "
Jerry Reed, SPAN-USA (Bio Above)
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"Community & State Resources: A Walk Through Your Toolkit"
Merily Keller, B.S., Communications, UT-Austin 1971, (suicide survivor) has focused on advocacy and community outreach for suicide prevention and mental health since 2000 when she and her husband lost their younger son to suicide. She is co-coordinator of the Texas Suicide Prevention Partnership & the Texas Suicide Prevention Community Network, a board member of the Mental Health Association in Texas, the New Milestones Foundation of Austin/Travis County MHMR, the Central Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves on the Public Policy Committee of the American Association of Suicidology and secretary for Lifehouse Foundation. She is a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper trainer, and has conducted training seminars and workshops in suicide prevention across Texas as well as made presentations on suicide prevention to the American Association of Suicidology, the Texas Public Health Association and other statewide and national groups. She is a MPH graduate student at the UT Health Science Center in Houston with research interests in mental health stigma and suicide prevention. Prior to 2000, Merily spent 25-plus years in advertising and public relations as owner of her own firm, VP of an ad agency & director of public information for both state and federal agencies.
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"History of Suicide Prevention in Texas & Your Part in The Future"
Charles F. Vorkoper, LCSW, LPC, LMST, is a counselor in Private Practice in Dallas, Texas. He is a Certified Gambling Counselor and a Supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling. He served as clinical consultant to the Texas Council on Problem and CompulsiveGambling (1992-2000) and trains mental health professionals for certification.He has a background in treating suicidal persons and the survivors of suicide. He was Director of the Suicide Prevention Center of Dallas, and served as Chair of the Public Information Committee of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He has made frequent presentations at the national meetings of the AAS and conducted workshops on the subjects of suicide across the country. He has published chapters in two books on this subject. He is a member of the Task Force for Clinical Survivors of Suicide, developing strategies to serve helping professionals who are impacted by suicide. He served on the Steering Committee to create a Suicide Prevention Plan for the state of Texas and is co-chair of the committee to involve stakeholders and the public in the development of a Texas Network of Suicide Prevention Networks.He serves as a mental health volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster Services in Dallas and has been active as a certified group psychotherapist.
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Objectives:
1) To introduce participants to the wide range of resources and technical assistance available from key governement sources, associations and advocacy groups
2) To introduce participants to the resources available in the toolkit for suicide prevention
3) To provide participants with information on how to get involved in local and statewide Texas suicide coalitions

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Session 5
Q & A for morning presentations
Session 6
Work Group Exercises View SWOT Analysis

Session 7
Community Presentations

"Houston We've Landed: Birthing of a Community Coalition on Suicide Prevention"
Molly Wilkins, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN, is the Trauma Service Coordinator at Ben Taub General Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Houston and first hospital in Texas to be called a Trauma Center. She is the mother of an only child, Adam Thomas, who took his own life in 1997 at the age of 20 years old. After Ms. Wilkins' loss of her son and energized by her strong healthcare background in injury prevention, she began directing her efforts toward Suicide Prevention advocacy. She was one of the contributing authors to the Texas Suicide Prevention Plan and a member of the Texas Executive Board for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Prevention Network having presented before the legislative committee for Health and Human Services in regard of this topic. As an advocate for injury and suicide prevention, Mrs. Wilkins co-founded the Houston-area Suicide Prevention Coalition. As the Chair of the Public Information & Education Committee and board member of the Southeast Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, she has worked with large and small groups, facilitating and promoting professional and quality healthcare management and social change on suicide related issues. Mrs. Wilkins was nominated by the Texas Nurses' Association as one of Texas' top 20 clinicians in 2002. She actively provides consultations on healthcare system issues throughout Texas as a member of the Governor's Committee for Injury Prevention and facilitates EMS & Trauma conferences. Ms. Wilkins is an exceptional individual who provides extraordinary energy, leadership and vision for her patients, peers and community to how excellence can serve through both career and personal experience.

Meg M. Crady, a native of Houston, Texas, earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tulane University in 1980. She has enjoyed a wide range of pursuits since that time with a general focus on community enrichment and wellness. Important efforts on Ms. Crady's part include the creation of WWOZ, a community radio station in New Orleans, and five years of work with "The Big Help," a global telecast to inspire children's involvement in volunteerism. She also served seven years on the task force for urban disaster planning as related to the provision of emergency medical services during the annual disaster that is the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans each February. Ms. Crady is committed to community service through participation on the Houston-area Boards of Directors for the Holly Hall Retirement Center and the Aide to Bonn Children, meeting the needs of an orphanage in India. Most recently, Meg has spent several years working in the field of trauma and loss by heading up the grief ministry of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and acting as Program Director for the Baylor College of Medicine Trauma and Grief Program.

Sharon Derrick, Ph.D. (Bio Above)

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Objectives:
1) Define the issue
2) Explain the steps in developing a coalition
3) Discuss strategies for "collective" projects in the community
4) Application of skills and resources in the community

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"A Public Health Model for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Planning and Activities: Tarrant County MHA"
Lauralee Harris is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County. She is a member of the state steering committee for both the Texas Suicide Prevention Community Network and the Texas Suicide Prevention Partnership. Before coming to MHA Tarrant County, Ms. Harris served as the Executive Director of the Urban Services Branch of the YWCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Coordinator of the Northeast Human Services Project in UW of Metropolitan Tarrant County, Executive director of the Alzheimer's Association of Tarrant County, and Executive Director of ICD, Inc. in San Angelo. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Public Administration from Angelo State University. She is currently working on her Doctor of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Tarrant Region Youth Suicide Prevention Plan May, 2003
Suicide in the Aging Population Tarrant County Suicide Prevention Plan

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Objectives:
1) To educate participants on using a public health model
2) Tips on developing local coalitions based on the model
3) Implementation of comprehensive suicide strategies and activities

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"One College's Model for Suicide Prevention -- The HelpLine and QPR Program at Texas A&M"
Kerry Hope, Ph.D., is a psychologist licensed in the state of Texas who has been with the Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University since 1975. She is the founder of the Texas A&M HelpLine, which started operation in 1995. Since turning over the reins of that operation to others on the staff she has turned to other specific suicide prevention goals for the Texas A&M campus, including the implementation of QPR Suicide Prevention Program initiatives. Dr. Hope has been a presenter/workshop provider at regional and national conferences, including annual conferences of the American Association of Suicidology and Convening of Crisis Intervention Personnel. She has consulted with and provided training for numerous agencies, universities, and individual professionals regarding telephone and face-to-face crisis services, suicide intervention, suicide prevention programming, and training others in suicide prevention and intervention. Her doctorate is from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology, and she received the Texas A&M University President's Meritorious Service Award, primarily for her work in establishing the HelpLine.

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Objectives:
1) To aquaint attendees with the many-faceted approach that is the hallmark of the suicide prevention and intervention program at Texas A&M University
2) To introduce attendees to the QPR Suicide Prevention Program, which is applicable to a wide range of groups and entities and is in use nationwide
3) To educate attendees about how to begin implementation of the QPR Program, which will include a discussion of prioritizing target groups for QPR training

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Session 8
Q&A for Community Presentations A, B, C
Session 9
Small Group Regional Planning Exercises
Session 10
Challenge to Texans to Care about Suicide Prevention, Jerry Reed & Nancy Speck
Closing Remarks
Call to Action, Future Steps, Evaluations & Order Forms for Final Toolkit & CD, Merily Keller, Charles Vorkoper & Laurie Alexander
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Click here to download notes from the Suicide Prevention Toolkit Workshop.
Click here to download the TDMHMR Report on Suicide Prevention
Workshop Coordinators: Merily Keller, B.S. & Charles Vorkoper, LCSW, LPC, LMST
With the advice and assistance of memebers of the Texas Suicide Prevention Community Network & the Interim Executive Committee of the Texas Suicide prevention Partnership, members of which are listed in the toolkit.
The Suicide Prevention Toolkit Workshop and the accompanying community toolkit were developed and presented with the generous support of a grant from the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Return to Mental Health Association in Texas Web Site.