Northeast Guidance Center and CNS Healthcare co-hosted the annual community Anti-Stigma Forum on Thursday, May 2, 2019. This year’s topic for discussion was SUICIDE PREVENTION: A Paradigm Shift in Mental Health and was presented by keynote speaker Sean Campbell. Other speakers discussed the impact of the suicide epidemic with a focus on wellness, zero suicide in healthcare and the importance of education and awareness about the stigma of mental health.
Sean Campbell has devoted much of his personal and professional energies to the field of substance abuse and mental health. Growing up in a household with a loving father who struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder, Sean became moved to discover, understand and share what is possible by promoting positive mental health and holistic wellness. Sean has been involved in mentoring initiatives to support youth coping with mental health challenges, substance abuse issues and involvement in the criminal justice system. His efforts earned him the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Voice Award for Young Adult Leadership in 2014. From 2016 to 2018, Sean worked in New Jersey state government for the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse overseeing the statewide administration of the State’s Municipal Alliance program. Currently, Sean is in his final year as a J.D. candidate at Rutgers Law School.
An afternoon SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP offering 3.0 CEUs for master-level clinicians was held at NEGC’s The Wellness Academy where approximately 100 people participated in sessions facilitated by persons in the community affected by suicide. Amy Stern, LMSW, CNS Healthcare, and Sean Campbell opened the workshop with the objectives to be covered and led the Q&A session following the discussions.
#1: Loss Survivor Support (facilitated by Carmie Buhalis, Kevin’s Song)
#2: Parental & Family Grief (facilitated by Kevin Fischer, President, NAMI Michigan)
#3: Attempt Survivor Support (facilitated by Amanda Stein, MSW)
#4: Supporting Someone Who Feels Suicidal (facilitated by Sean Campbell)
The Anti-Stigma Forum is held during Mental Health Awareness Month and focuses on issues of mental health and the associated stigma. Audiences invited to attend the FREE event included parents, grandparents, educators, social workers, high school students, youth groups, church members, pastors, law enforcement, first responders and others who need to learn why the epidemic is spreading so rapidly in SE Michigan.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Detroit Alumnae Chapter
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
The Drifters Incorporated-Detroit Chapter
Great Lakes (MI)Chapter The Links Incorporated
Michigan 14th Congressional Democratic District
The Salvation Army Conner Creek
Vision Fair Foundation & Tau Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
National Suicide Prevention Week 2019 begins on Sunday, September 8 and ends Saturday, September 14.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-TALK or text TALK to 741741 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
There is hope and understanding. Change the way the world sees mental health. NAMI.org