Thank You for joining us at the Beaver County
Zero Suicide Town Hall Meeting on September 7th!
Our Town Hall theme was “Creating Hope through Action and Connection” and our presenters shared the following resources for you, our audience.
Anne Moss Rodgers
Our first presenter, Anne Moss Rogers, is an emotionally naked® speaker, TEDx storyteller, certified suicide prevention trainer, and the award-winning author of Diary of a Broken Mind. After her 20-year-old son, Charles died by suicide on June 5, 2015, Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a viral newspaper article, and her blog, Emotionally Naked, has reached millions. She has been featured in the New York Times and was the first non-clinician invited to speak at the National Institute of Mental Health about suicide. Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing brand, was published in August 2021. A UNC-Chapel Hill alumna, Anne Moss currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband. Her surviving son, Richard, is a screenwriter and filmmaker in LA. Visit her website at www.annmossrogers.com.
Following her visit to Beaver County, Anne shared her slides and a 5-page electronic handout. The handout includes many useful links:
These are the articles that Anne referenced during her presentation, “Turning Pain into Purpose”:
• Honoring my son who died by suicide is not the end of my story
• Why should I stay alive when I want to kill myself
• What Eeyore has taught us about acceptance
• How to tell someone I want to kill myself
• When Ghosting is a sign of suicide or relapse
• Say this not that
• The Final 48 Hours
• Books and ebooks (self-harm ebook coming soon)
Perri Rosen, PhD
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Our second presenter, Dr. Perri Rosen, is a consulting psychologist at the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosen co-chaired the Governor’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, which was launched in May of 2019, and she has remained part of the state leadership team for the Task Force. At OMHSAS, Dr. Rosen has also helped lead several school and community-based youth mental health and suicide prevention initiatives, including the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant and the Pennsylvania Network of Student Assistance Services.
Dr. Rosen updated us on Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Initiatives, PA Crisis Text Line data highlights, PA agencies that are implementing suicide prevention measures, PA’s suicide prevention Online Learning Center, Current suicide prevention projects in PA, State/County-specific Crisis Lines, and more. Click here to see the slides she presented at the Town Hall.
Michael Barfield, PhD
Director of Clinical Services
Children and Adolescent Unit
Western Psychiatric Hospital
The final presenter, Dr. Michael Barfield, held a career in behavioral health for 30-plus years as a front-line mental health worker. He earned a master’s degree in social work and currently holds a license in social work in Pennsylvania. He advanced his education by earning his doctorate degree in 2013. Dr. Barfield’s work has afforded him the opportunity to work in many of our community and residential behavioral health organizations where he has held various positions as a therapist and clinical administrator. He also, earlier in his career, was the Western Region Student Assistance Coordinator during the Department of Education’s initial journey to train all 500 plus school districts within Pennsylvania in the student assistance model. Dr. Barfield has been involved with suicide prevention training and postvention events throughout the state and now holds the position of Director of Clinical Services Children and Adolescent Unit at Western Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. Barfield spoke on Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means | Building a Safer Community. He kindly shared this PowerPoint presentation with Town Hall participants and the greater community.