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September 7th, 2019 - The Gillioz Theatre - Springfield, Missouri

 
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Join us

The second annual Start The Conversation event in Springfield! Join us for an all-day event featuring an educational seminar on suicide awareness, FREE food & t-shirts, and a concert put on by local bands and musicians!

 
 
 
 

tickets

Tickets (free of charge) are required for the concert portion of the event.

 
 
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event schedule

 

(Check back for event times & details)

Educational Seminar | Dr. Paul Thomlinson and Dr. Bart Andrews will kick off the event with a free education seminar. The session will provide youth leaders with the tools necessary to recognize and address symptoms of suicide. No registration or ticket required to attend this seminar. (Recommended for adults or with parent discretion).

Concert and t-shirt | Three talented local bands will take the stage in the Gillioz Theatre for an evening of fun and dancing! During this event, ticket holders may receive a free t-shirt and voucher for concessions ($5 value). Free ticket required. (All ages are welcome to this event).

Live music by band "Fishing for Saturday" | A group of young musicians studying music at Pellegrino’s School of Music and Art. This band plays rock & pop, along with some covers that will have you singing along in no time! Free ticket required. https://www.facebook.com/FishingforSaturday/ 

Live music by band "The Rosy Hips" | A retro rock and soul band with a modern indie pop flair. This band is sure to get you on your feet and out of your mind! Free ticket required. https://www.facebook.com/therosyhips

Live music by band "Makenna and Brock" | Makenna & Brock’s big break came in the summer of 2011, when Makenna and Brock captured the hearts of tens of millions of viewers and were selected as top 12-group finalists on the American version of Simon Cowell’s hit television show The X-Factor. This country duo is sure to blow you away! Free ticket required. https://www.facebook.com/MakennaandBrock

 
 
 

DID YOU KNOW...

Suicide rates in the US have increased 25% over the past two decades (CDC)

Missouri has had an increase of more than 30% during the same time period. (CDC)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-34 year olds in Missouri (CDC)

On average, one person dies by suicide every eight hours in Missouri. (CDC)

Males die by suicide 3.53 times more often than females (CDC)


 

 What we're

doing about it

 
 
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Educating our Leaders

We will offer professional mental health support to youth leaders and advocates by providing education on how to identify warning signs for suicide and help at risk youth

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Giving our Youth Valuable Resources

We will bring Springfield area youth an evening of fun and learning about the warning signs and risk factors for suicide and how to reach out for help 

 
 
 

Suicide

is Preventable. 

Download our pdf to learn about the warning signs/risks of suicide and how to prevent suicide

 
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The Speakers

 
 
Bart Andrews, PhD, is Vice President of Telehealth & Home/Community Services at Behavioral Health Response. Dr. Andrews is the Chair of Missouri’s Suicide Prevention Network, Co-Chair of the Suicide Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices committee, a member of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Steering Committee, an SPRC ZeroSuicide Academy Faculty member and member of the American Association of Suicidology’s Executive Board of Directors. Dr. Andrews is a suicide attempt survivor and a proponent of embracing of lived expertise in our suicide prevention efforts.

Bart Andrews, PhD, is Vice President of Telehealth & Home/Community Services at Behavioral Health Response. Dr. Andrews is the Chair of Missouri’s Suicide Prevention Network, Co-Chair of the Suicide Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices committee, a member of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Steering Committee, an SPRC ZeroSuicide Academy Faculty member and member of the American Association of Suicidology’s Executive Board of Directors. Dr. Andrews is a suicide attempt survivor and a proponent of embracing of lived expertise in our suicide prevention efforts.

Dr. Paul Tomlinson is an experienced licensed psychologist and acting Director of Research for Compass Health Network . Tomlinson has a demonstrated history of working in the behavioral health care industry with skills in Performance Improvement, Healthcare Consulting, Integrated Health Care, Grant Writing, Program Development, Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Crisis Intervention, Suicidology, and Program Evaluation. Tomlinson obtained his Ph.D. focused in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a doctoral re-specialization in clinical psychology. He also has extensive undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience, including on-ground and online modalities.

Dr. Paul Tomlinson is an experienced licensed psychologist and acting Director of Research for Compass Health Network . Tomlinson has a demonstrated history of working in the behavioral health care industry with skills in Performance Improvement, Healthcare Consulting, Integrated Health Care, Grant Writing, Program Development, Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Crisis Intervention, Suicidology, and Program Evaluation. Tomlinson obtained his Ph.D. focused in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a doctoral re-specialization in clinical psychology. He also has extensive undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience, including on-ground and online modalities.

 

 
 

“When my brother committed suicide, it was taboo to even mention (much less have a discussion). I want to thank you for the suicide awareness event which was both inspiring and encouraging, and is helping us start the conversation.” -Past event attendee

“This event provided a day of fun along with some really great takeaways. As a mom of teenagers, I want to stay aware of the signs and symptoms that lead to suicide. I would highly recommend this event.” -Past event attendee

“The bands were so much fun, and I can’t wait to bring my friends again next year!” -Past event attendee

 
 
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Contact Us

 
 
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Past sponsors

 
 
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Past Vendors

 
 

Need help?

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifelife

Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat.

Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


 
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This event is sponsored by Ozarks New Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation created for the purpose of promoting healthy initiatives and inspiring hope and wellness for those less fortunate in our communities. Ozarks New Hope exists to support community education, healthcare facilities, healthcare infrastructure, healthcare workforce and those in the community in need of those healthcare services. For more information please visit www.ozarksnewhope.org