During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. Kristin experienced this misery, yet still managed to touch many lives and even in death continues to help others find help for their depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was created to help those in crisis find help and hope immediately. The site and her story gives you a raw, personal glimpse into depression, and how it affects those around you. In addition, you will find the only clear, step-by-step path for you to follow out of the darkness. There is hope and you can feel happy again! If you need to speak with someone right now call: 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

Calendar of Events

Alive! Mental Health Fair dates:

09.06.11 - Gillette College
09.07.11 - Sheridan College

09.09.11 - Keuka College
09.22.11 - Viterbo University
09.26.11 - PSU-Mont-Alto
10.11.11 - PSU- Beaver
10.12.11 - PSU Greater Allegheny
10.13.11 - PSU DuBois
10.14.11 - Westmoreland County Community College
10.18.11 - Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar
10.19.11 - Lincoln Land Community College
11.01.11 - North East Wisconsin Technical College

More information on the Alive! Mental Health Fair HERE.

July 2011

  • 7/1/2011 - 7/1/2011 9:00:00 AM CT
    End the Silence Walk

    Ludington Park
    Escanaba, MI

    End The Silence, a Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Walk, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. The event will be held at the end of National Suicide Prevention Week at the Ludington Park Pavilion in Escanaba. End The Silence will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m., with the opening ceremony following at 10:00 a.m. The non-competitive run/walk, which will occur rain or shine, will start at 11:00 a.m. with 2, 5, 10 mile route options. Registration fees are: $25 per person and $50 per family of 4 ($10 for each additional person). Registration fees are waived with pledges of $50 or more; collection of pledges optional. Pre-registration will secure your requested t-shirt size. T-shirts will be given with paid registration. Tax-exempt contributions are welcomed. There will be a brat sale, silent auction, bake sale, and a small raffle. To register or obtain more information, contact the End the Silence Walk at 1215 North 18th Street, Escanaba, MI 49829, or at their website at www.endthesilencewalk.com, via e-mail at [email protected]; or by calling (906) 789-0003. End the Silence Walk is being held in remembrance of Bobby and Josh Bintner, two brothers, from Delta County, who completed suicide 13 years apart. Both brothers battled secretly with depression and felt that they had no other option, but to end their lives. This is the third year this event is being held. Over the last two years, the walk has raised approximately $35,000 and over 700 people have attended.
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    Event Contact:
    Cindy Bintner

  • 7/6/2011 - 7/7/2011 8:30:00 AM ET
    Post Traumatic Stress Management Training for Schools-and Community-Based Responders
    UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare-Traumatic Loss Coalitions
    Quality Inn
    South Plainfield, NJ

    This two-day training is ideal for school crisis team members, crisis counselors and resident assistance counselors in colleges and universities, as well as other youth-serving individuals from behavioral health centers, community and faith-based organizations and social service agencies who would like to learn more about providing crisis counseling after a suicide, homicide, accident or illness. Event URL will be listed within http://ubhc.umdnj.edu.brti/TLC.htm
    Event Contact:
    Donna Amundson

  • 7/9/2011 - 7/9/2011 9:00:00 AM CT
    4th Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk
    Community Circle of Care
    Murphy Park - Open Air Pavilion
    Dubuque, IA

    Join us for a free walk in memory of family and friends who have taken their lives by suicide. At 9 a.m. there will be a short remembrance ceremony, and a 4-5 mile walk along Grandview Avenue. Free wristbands and t-shirts will be available to the first 300 participants. After the walk, stay for free food & beverages, youth activities and free chair massages.
    Event Contact:
    Arleen Wentworth
    563-583-5545 x601

  • 7/14/2011 - 7/14/2011 5:00:00 PM ET
    Understanding Latina Teen Suicide Attempts: For community members and students
    The Chicago School Of Professional Psychology
    Chicago, IL

    The Latino Mental health Provider’s Network (LMHPN), The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education (NRCI) and The Center for Latino Mental Health (CLMH) will co-sponsor a workshop “Understanding Latina Teen Suicide Attempts” featuring psychologist and researcher Dr. Luis H. Zayas. Professor Zayas’ has over 25 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in community mental health, psychiatric clinics, pediatric rehabilitation, and community-based primary care medicine. Founder and director of the Brown School’s Center for Latino Family Research, (the only center in the U.S.), school of social work that conducts research on Latino social, health, mental health, and family and community development in the U.S. and Latin America. His current research has received national attention as it explores the sociocultural and developmental processes that influence suicidal behavior among adolescent Latinas. For more information about Dr. Zayas visit http://gwbweb.wustl.edu/FACULTY/FULLTIME/Pages/LuisHZayas.aspx On July 14th 2011: FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND STUDENTS The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education and The Center for Latino Mental Health (CLMH) will co-sponsor a workshop; “Understanding Latina Teen Suicide Attempts”. This is a FREE event to all attendees, space is limited. Register online at www.eventbrite.com
    Event URL:
    Event Contact:
    Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute

  • 7/22/2011 - 7/23/2011 1:00:00 PM ET
    Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    To be determined

    AFSP offers this comprehensive hands-on training program to help survivors of suicide loss and interested others learn the "how-to's" of creating and facilitating a suicide bereavement support group for adults. The two-day program combines lecture, interactive discussion and role-playing with feedback.

    Event Contact:
    1-888-333-AFSP x33

  • 7/27/2011 - 7/28/2011 9:00:00 AM ET
    Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention 2011 Conference
    Missouri Department of Mental Health, Lincoln University; Missouri Institute of Mental Health
    Capitol Plaza Hotel
    Jefferson City, MO

    Sixth annual statewide conference, with featured speakers Sally Spencer-Thomas, Frank Campbell, and Patrick Arbore. Preconference workshops on July 27 and general sessions on July 28. Early registration rates end July 8.

    SPRC staff member(s) Gayle Jaffe, Sally Spencer-Thomas will be attending this event.

    The following presentation(s) will be delivered by SPRC staff at this event: Gayle Jaffe, Sally Spencer-Thomas.

    SPRC will be exhibiting at the event.
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  • 7/28/2011 - 7/28/2011 2:00:00 PM ET
    Federal Legislation Overview - Suicide Prevention
    Virtual, WEB

    The third of AFSP/SPAN USA's 2011 Policy Webinars will provide an overview of Suicide Prevention Legislation in the 112th Congress.
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  • 7/28/2011 - 7/29/2011 9:00:00 AM CT
    Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference
    MO Dept of Mental Health, MIMH & Lincoln University
    Capitol Plaza Hotel
    Jefferson City, MO

    Register now for the 6th Annual Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference. The early registration rate of $89 is available through July 8th. Visit the conference website for online registration, lodging information, exhibitor forms and a copy of the conference brochure, which includes full details.

    Event Contact:
    Scott Perkins

August 2011

  • 8/21/2011 - 8/26/2011 8:00:00 AM ET
    43rd Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies
    La Frontera Arizona EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center
    Loews Ventana Canyon
    Tucson, AZ

    This annual conference will once again provide 5 days of professional development for clinicians, as well as a special Leadership Symposium for Executives and emerging leaders on August 26. Many workshops focusing on suicide prevention will be offered, including a powerful presentation by Kevin Hines, who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
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    Event Contact:
    Michele Brown
    480-784-1514 x1508

  • 8/25/2011 - 8/25/2011 2:00:00 PM ET
    The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011
    Virtual, WEB

    Each year more than 4,000 Americans between the ages of 15 to 24 die by suicide, making suicide the third leading cause of death for this age group. It is the second leading cause of death among college students as more than 1,000 taking their lives each year. These are startling statistics, made even more alarming when you consider that 70% of people who die by suicide tell someone about suicidal thoughts in advance. Yet, most of these young people have not received any sort of counseling or treatment. To combat the rising epidemic of youth suicide, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) (P.L. 108-355) on October 21, 2004. The nation's first suicide prevention bill, the GLSMA recognized youth suicide as a public health crisis linked to underlying mental health problems. This Webinar will cover efforts to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act in the 112th Congress.
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