New Women’s Symposium: ‘Taking Care of Our Men’s Mental Health’ to Offer Key Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Perspectives

Event Set for Saturday, March 19 at Fox Valley Technical College; Women 18 years old and older invited to attend

Published Monday, January 18, 2016

Prevent Suicide Fox Cities, in partnership with the Zero Suicide Community Initiative, will host “A Women’s Symposium: Taking Care of Our Men’s Mental Health,” on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at Fox Valley Technical College, Room E130 and the Commons, ENT 10, West Parking Lot.

      Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is the keynote speaker 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 in the memory of her brother who died by suicide.

     The cost of the event is $10.00, pre-registration through Eventbrite is required and walk-ins are welcome. Check in starts at 8:00am, resource/information booths are available before and after the session, keynote address from 9:45am to11:45am, with Q & A to follow.  

     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.  Organizations will be sharing educational resources/information on strengthening mental health through exercise, stretching, nutrition, vitamins, supplements, yoga, therapy, counseling, as well as, suicide prevention, suicide awareness, and support after suicide loss and much more.

     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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