2010 Suicide Prevention Conference

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The 2010 Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference will include plenary presentations by the following nationally known leaders in the field of suicide prevention.

Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham

Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham, suicide prevention advocates.

Few people have the experience of burying not one, but two, sons. Major General Mark and Carol Graham, along with their remaining daughter, Melanie, have carried this burden for more than seven years. The Grahams lost their son Kevin to suicide in 2003, and their son Jeffrey eight months later in combat.

The grief of losing two sons, both in military service, nearly drove General Graham to an early retirement. But the Grahams have remained in the Army family. They speak openly about depression and suicide with the hopes of sparing other families a tragedy. Their message is: Depression is a treatable illness. Although still healing, they have pledged to raise awareness in the military about untreated depression, and have become advocates for soldiers who suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other mental health illnesses. The Grahams will share their personal story of loss and how they are leading the fight to reduce military suicides. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently nominated Major General Graham, a nationally renowned speaker, for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Eric Hipple

Eric Hipple is is a former NFL quarterback whose ten year career was spent entirely with the Detroit Lions. His accomplishments include two playoff bids and a divisional championship. In addition, he was named Most Valuable Player for the 1981 season, and his jersey hangs in the Canton Hall of Fame for a Monday Night Football debut deemed best in NFL history.

After his football career, he worked as a freelance sports field reporter and was an analyst for the Fox Network’s local pre-game show from 1995 – 2000. He has been featured in television’s Home Improvement, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and played a part in the Bear Bryant movie.

A professional motivational speaker since retiring from football, his public speaking work shifted to topics of depression awareness and treatment, and to suicide prevention in 2000, after the tragic death of his 15-year-old son to suicide.

Eric currently serves on the board AAS (American Association of Suicidology). He works at the University of Michigan’s Depression Center as Outreach Coordinator. Born in Texas and raised in California, he graduated from Utah State University before being drafted by the Detroit Lions.

He is the author of the book “Real Men DO Cry“ which chronicles his life as a NFL Quarterback from youth to his current position and his struggle with suicide loss and his own depression. His story is one of hope and recovery and uses education as well a practical advice to help others live and enjoy life again.

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of psychology (clinical faculty) and Co-Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America.His research and writing in suicide has produced numerous publications (including three books on youth suicide)—his newest book on his “CAMS” approach to suicide was published by Guilford Press in 2006. As an internationally recognized suicidologist, Dr. Jobes has spoken to a broad range of audiences and is frequently interviewed within the media on the topic of suicide. Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and is the recipient of that organization’s 1995 “Edwin Shneidman Award” in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. He has served as a research consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was a consultant to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jobes is currently a consultant to the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.   He has previously testified before a US Senate Subcommittee on the topic of youth suicide. As a board certified clinical psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology), Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C.

DeQuincy A. Lezine, Ph.D.

DeQuincy A. Lezine, PhD, attempted suicide three times beginning in 1995 during the first year of college. After the fall semester he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the following year he formed the first student-led college mental health and suicide prevention group (Brown University chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network; B-SPAN). Working with SPAN USA, Lezine was an early advocate for including individuals who were living with mental disorders or who had attempted suicide in the development of suicide prevention programs and policy.

Through SPAN USA, and later through the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Lezine spoke out as an advocate at conference presentations, in public service announcements, television and radio, and informational videos. He has also served as a representative of youth, individuals with a mental illness, and suicide attempt survivors at national, regional, and state suicide prevention planning conferences.

Lezine completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology at UCLA, and then completed a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide with training specific to suicide prevention research. In 2008, he completed a book, published by Oxford University Press, combining autobiographical experience with research and practical advice for youth struggling with suicidal thoughts – entitled Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide.

Dr. Lezine continues to advocate for strategies to engage attempt survivors and mental health consumers in multiple aspects of suicide prevention.

Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.

Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the QPR Institute, a national training program for suicide prevention. He has authored several books, including his best-selling Suicide: The Forever Decision, and his new Counseling Suicidal People: a Therapy of Hope. Dr. Quinnett conducts many national workshops and seminars on suicide prevention, intervention and therapy for clinicians and counselors, and serves as the Secretary on the board of the American Association of Suicidology, and several other national boards. He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and is the Chair of Spokane Mental Health’s APA approved psychology internship program. Dr. Quinnett is the author of QPR, for Suicide Prevention, a public health gatekeeper training program currently being taught by more than 700 instructors in 36 states nationwide.

Dave Reynolds, MPH, CPH

Dave Reynolds, MPH, CPH,is a Pittsburgh native with a B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an M.P.H. from Columbia University in New York. He is also certified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Dave’s graduate work at Columbia in the department of Sociomedical Sciences focused on education and program design as well as policy, research, and evaluation.

During his undergraduate career, Dave served as the Special Projects Intern at GLAAD where he helped construct the "HIV and AIDS @ 25" Media Resource Guide which was released in June 2006 to recognize 25 years of the pandemic. He also spent four months living in South Africa researching HIV and AIDS prevention education in public schools in townships. A former summer camp counselor, and manager for anti-gang and academic enrichment programs in under-served East Los Angeles high schools, Dave is no stranger to working with young people. Most recently as part of his graduate-level work, Dave joined a research team to look at antiretroviral therapy adherence and how it relates to the communication styles of the prescribing physician.

Dave currently serves as the Advocacy and Education Manager at The Trevor Project. Prior to that he served as their East Coast Call Center Manager from the Randy Stone East Coast Call Center’s opening in August, 2007 through May, 2009. During his time at that post, he worked to grow and train The Trevor Lifeline’s base of volunteers in suicide prevention and crisis intervention. Today, he enjoys furthering his co-worker's knowledge of health issues impacting LGBT communities and loves his work with The Trevor Project’s advocacy, education and research initiatives.