2019 Conference

Hosted by: Troy University Suicide Prevention Coalition at Montgomery and Phenix City Campuses

Event Sponsors: Troy University's Rehabilitation Counselor Education Grants and the College of Education

When: September 13, 2019

Location: Troy University, Montgomery, AL

Increase your knowledge about suicide risk factors and high-risk populations by identifying at risk behaviors, implementation of protective factors, and reduction of lethal means in higher education.

Increase knowledge about intersection of suicide and mental illness, substance use, bullying and/or harassment, and effective interventions and/or treatments in higher education.

Increase awareness of help-seeking behaviors by development and implementation of techniques to reduce stigma associated with mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services.

For more details about this event, contact: Dr. Shelley Reed at sreed36535@troy.edu

2019 Full Conference Program

2019 Conference Schedule and Sessions at a Glance

Conference Evaluations

2019 Keynote Speaker

Andrew had it all entering his senior year Andrew Onimus at Muhlenberg College. He was a starting defensive back for the football team, named captain of the track and field team, and already had a full-time position upon graduation with a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. However, an injury in the first game of the season and increasing pressure to perform caused drastic changes for him. Andrew lost his identity and began deeply struggling. His issues started with insomnia with trouble concentrating in class and on the field. This led him to spiral into a deep, lonely hole. Andrew hid his struggles from family and friends as he pretended that everything was fine, until he experienced suicidal ideations and reached a point where he desperately needed help. After a visit to the ER, he was diagnosed with major clinical depression and severe anxiety, which was extremely difficult for him to accept.

With a strong support group behind him, Andrew and his family began taking the needed steps toward recovery. He took medication for his depression and anxiety and began both psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. It was difficult at first, but over time Andrew began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. He turned to exercise and positive coping skills to work through his inner anger and pain. As his life started to gradually improve, Andrew shared his story in spring of 2014 with many of his teammates, classmates, and friends in the hopes that it would help someone else. The overwhelmingly positive feedback he received inspired him to continue talking about mental health. Andrew’s goal in working with Minding Your Mind is to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issue, and help others who may be suffering to know that they are not alone and that it gets better.

For more information go to Minding your Mind 


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