New ‘Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace’ Program to Offer Key Mental Health Perspectives

Event Set for Friday, March 18 at Fox Valley Technical College; HR Professionals Encouraged to Attend

Published Sunday, January 17, 2016

Prevent Suicide Fox Cities, in partnership with the Zero Suicide Community Initiative, will host “Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace,” on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170. 

     Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is the presenter of the program.  She sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from many perspectives.  She is known nationally and internationally as an innovator of social change.  She helped to initiate Man Therapy ( through the Carson J Spencer Foundation named after her brother who died by suicide.

     The cost of the event is $20.00 and participants can choose either a morning or afternoon session. Pre-registration through Eventbrite is required and walk-ins are welcome. Check in starts at 7:30am for the morning session and Noon for the afternoon session.

     Human Resource professionals and others responsible for managing people are encouraged to attend. This includes but is not limited to business and government leaders – owners, presidents, operations, supervisors, managers, human resource managers, union stewards/representatives, government employees, policemen, firemen, emergency response, health and schools.

     Middle aged men are at the highest risk of suicide. The objective of this special program is to provide a learning opportunity to build awareness of the high risk of suicide to middle aged men, eliminate the stigma of mental illness, and teach the signs of depression and anxiety. We will discuss QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, the evidence-based practice of suicide prevention, and provide tools to develop workplace plans.

      Prevent Suicide Fox Cities is an Appleton based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization serving Outagamie County.  The organization provides programs to the community including QPR training – QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, just like CPR it can save a life, National Speakers, Awareness, Education and a resource library where anyone can check out a book, CD or pamphlet. Prevent Suicide Fox Cities offers Survivors after Suicide Loss support, a monthly program for those who have lost a loved one to death by suicide.

It takes a community to save a life.  Together, let’s diminish the stigma of mental illness and prevent suicide.



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