Mental Health Forum on Suicide Prevention
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14th, 10am-11:30am
WHERE: Adler School of Professional Psychology, Community Hall, 17 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
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- Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Child Development, University of Illinois’ Department of Educational Psychology; 18-year research portfolio on child/adolescent bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence.
- Stephen Moore, Member, Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Mr. Moore’s son died by suicide in 2006.
- Dr. Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Social Sciences; Director, IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.
- Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Founding Coordinator, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Military Clinical Psychology Track, Adler School of Professional Psychology; retired U.S. Navy Commander.
- Dr. Sidney Weissman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; Attending Psychiatrist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
For more information, please contact Robyn Russell at: robyn dot russell at mail dot house dot gov
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The forum was very well attended and the topics of discussion varied from current bullying policies, planned legislation, LGBT specific issues concerning suicide, and military suicide.
Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director of the IMPACT Program, spoke about the need for increased federal focus on protective factors for LGBT youth, like family and peer support. He cited the Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act, (HRC, THOMAS), which would provide funding for research-based programs that work with families to strengthen their capacity to support their LGBT children.
Dr. Dorothy Espelage from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke about the need for more US-developed interventions against bullying in American schools, particularly around gender and sexuality-based harassment. Her website, provides more information about the realities of bullying in schools today, and presents research on effective bullying-prevention programs.
Thank you to all that attended. It is your continued involvement that will help drive policy and change. Special thanks to Congressman Quigley and Congressman Davis, and a staff member from Senator Mark Kirk, for their attendance, as well as their continued work in support of LGBT issues. And thank you to the Adler School of Psychology for providing a forum for conversations about mental health and suicide.