Speaking Opportunities Raise Awareness and Education

Lisa Holman, Area Director for the Alabama Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, appreciates every chance she receives to speak to groups around the State. She feels that it provides the opportunity to raise awareness,to teach the facts about suicide and suicide prevention, reduce the stigma and to empower people to help one another and save lives. The following speaking engagements will be updated throughout 2013.

Cindy Nicholson, survivor of suicide, and Lisa Holman, AFSP Area Director, spoke with the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Youth Group on Sunday morning, March 10, 2013. Lisa discussed suicide awareness, education and prevention. Cindy shared the story of losing her son three years ago, he had attended Briarwood Christian, and she urged the youth group members to learn the signs of depression and help to save lives.

On February 12, 2013, “Saving Lives One Community at a Time” was presented by Lisa Holman, Area Director, to the Calhoun County Mental Health Professionals. The program

Lisa Holman Brain Matters

is part of the Community Leaders and Adolescent Suicide Prevention (CLASP) training. Family Links of Anniston sponsored the workshop.

Lisa Holman, Area Director for American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and Mary Turner Roberts (SOS group) were on Brain Matters,on February 1, 2013, the topic was "Suicide is NOT Painless". Brain Matters is a radio show hosted by University of Alabama Counseling Center's Dr. B.J. Guenther Ed.D., LPC, on Tuesdays from 6-7 pm on WVUA 90.7 FM. Brain Matters covers a range of problems that are of interest to the student population concerning mental health issues such as relationships, academic and study skills, monthly awareness campaigns, and many more topics.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Birmingham Shuttlesworth      Airport completed suicide prevention training on January 31, 2013. Lisa Holman, Area

Lisa Holman TSA

Lisa Dunn and the TSA

Director, spoke to three shifts of officers on suicide prevention and depression awareness. A special thanks to Steve Robinson for making the opportunity possible.