What:………………. Help…Hope…Healing Suicide Prevention Conference

When:……………… Friday, August 5, 2016

Time:……………….. 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where:…………….. Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA

Cost:……………….. $25.00

Register Online:…. (Site Will Be Available by May 1, 2016)

We have BIG news about this year’s Help…Hope…Healing conference!  Kevin Hines is coming back to our region to discuss his 10 Steps to the Art of Wellness. Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, best-selling author, suicide prevention and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.

Joining Kevin this year are fellow advocates, Lauren Breen and Joe Williams, who will speak from the lived experience perspective.  Their stories will explore the current climate within the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, and discuss adversity, advocacy, the ripple effect of suicide, dealing with struggle, and resilience.  Throughout their discussions we will learn about mental health facts:  signs, negative and positive triggers, and important self-care activities.

Lauren Breen is one of the eight leaders on the Suicide Prevention Australia, Lived Experience Leadership Group.  She is the author of the book Trust—Surviving the Ripple Effect of Suicide, which shares her family’s suicide survival experience.  

Joe Williams is a world champion boxer and national rugby league player who works to inspire youth and individuals toward good mental health and recovery.

Registration is $25.00 and includes lunch.  More conference information will be forthcoming, look for registration to be open on by May 1, 2016.  For more information you may contact Amy Bledsoe ( or Samantha Crockett (

You must register for the conference and pay online!  NO registrations or payments will be accepted at the door.  We are expecting a sell-out crowd, be sure to register early to reserve your seat!

This year’s conference was made possible in part from a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Region III West Wellness Council.

Samantha Crockett, M.S.

Mount Rogers Community Services Board

Coordinator of Prevention Services

540 West Main Street

Wytheville, VA 24382

276-781-6112 (cell)