Maryland’s 21st Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, “Inner Strength During Challenging Times,” will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Martin’s West in Baltimore (6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, 21244; 410.944.9433).

The keynote speaker for the conference is Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds. a student-run mental health organization on the college and high school campus. She started the program in 2001, while a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, following the suicide of her older brother, Brian, one year earlier. Wanting to combat the stigma that caused her brother to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, she created a group on her campus that promoted an open, enlightened dialogue around the issues. Just two years later, Ms. Malmon formed the organization to develop and support chapters of the student group on campuses around the country. She currently serves as President and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, creating a unified national voice for young adults, in the mental health awareness movement.

Conference cost is $90 and includes continental breakfast, keynote, your choice from 15 workshops (see listing below), lunch, and snacks.

Workshops include:

* Victim Precipitated Violence
* Veterans Initiative Update
* Fighting Depression During a Recession
* The Rippling Effect
* Practical Methods to Relieve Stress
* Update on Youth Suicide Prevention in Maryland
* Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents
* Picking Yourself Up: How to win when it feels like you lost
* Crisis and Stress Management
* Domestic Violence During Times of Increased Stress
* Compassionate Responses
* Transgender Issues

For more information, contact Henry Westray, Jr. at 410.402.8494 or via Email: westrayh@dhmh.state.md.us.

Lines of Love plans on being there in some capacity. If you are interested in joining us, or if you are planning to attend, please contact Rus directly at linesoflove@gmail.com and let him know.

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