To equip our community's service delivery professionals with tools and best practices to support those who face mental health challenges. We seek to help professionals, who work with these individuals on a daily basis, gain a better understanding of the underlying issues of these individuals' behaviors, as well as how to best respond in a positive, healthy, and impactful way. We also intend to provide attendees with information on local mental health resources, as well as resources for continued learning opportunities.
Nurses, EMS professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, educators, and other healthcare providers.
Continuing education units will be offered for educators, EMS professionals, nurses, substance abuse counselors, social workers, and other healthcare providers. Participants must attend the entire conference. No partial credit will be awarded. Allied health professionals are responsible for reviewing the governing rules of their board to determine if appropriate subject matter will apply for continuing education.
Kevin Briggs, Golden Gate Guardian, International Crisis Management Expert & Suicide Prevention Advocate
Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant, spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge. While on patrol, he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life by a thread – ready to jump off the bridge to what they assumed was a sudden death and ending of their pain and hopelessness.
Briggs, through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate ability of “listening to understand” encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to not go over the bridge’s rail. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” After a 23-year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded.
Today, Briggs is mapping a movement as he speaks and trains others in suicide prevention, crisis management and negotiations. He shares his “Listening to Understand” skills followed up with key active listening points; his personal triad for healthy living; his RELEASE model to assist in communicating with someone in crisis and his crisis safety plan for those who may be struggling. He also discusses in depth his own personal mental health struggles. Briggs spends the majority of his time speaking/teaching at conferences, advocacy events, colleges and universities, first responder conferences, law enforcement (including FBI & Secret Service), and military bases. He also works with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), corporations, and other venues.
Date: September 24, 2021
Cost: $60 – includes light breakfast, boxed lunch, afternoon snack, and certificate of completion.
Location: Main Campus–Tama Hall
|7:30–8:15am ||Check-in, Vendors, Breakfast |
|8:15–8:30am ||Welcome and Opening Remarks |
|8:30–10:00am ||Keynote Speaker |
Kevin Briggs, Golden Gate Guardian, International Crisis Management Expert &
Suicide Prevention Advocate
|10:00–10:15am ||Meet and Greet with Kevin Briggs, Break, Vendors |
|10:15–11:15am || |
Elderly Mental Health and its Effects on General Health
|11:15am–12:00pm ||Lunch |
|12:00–1:00pm || |
LGBTQ Healthcare in the Cedar Valley
Rachel Yaddof, DNP, UP Health Prairie Parkway
|1:00–1:15pm ||Break, Vendors |
|1:15–2:15pm || |
Suicide Prevention & Risk Factors for Veterans, Service Members, & Their Families
Robert Otto, Suicide Prevention Counselor
|2:15–2:30pm ||Break, Vendors |
|2:30–3:30pm || |
Symptoms, When to Advocate for Professional Help, Caregiver Techniques
Paul Wehrman, Mental Health Counselor
|3:30–4:30pm || |
Supporting Our LGBTQ Youth
Jordan Mix, Iowa Safe Schools
|4:30–445pm || |
Closing Remarks, Evaluations, Certificates
- Supporting Our LGBTQ Youth – Jordan Mix, Iowa Safe Schools
- Suicide Prevention & Risk Factors for Veterans, Service Members, & Their Families – Robert Otto, Suicide Prevention Counselor
- LGBTQ Healthcare in the Cedar Valley – Rachel Yaddof, DNP, UP Health Prairie Parkway
- Elderly Mental Health and its Effects on General Health – Crystal Cole
- Symptoms, When to Advocate for Professional Help, Caregiver Techniques – Paul Wehrman, Mental Health Counselor
Register online by September 20, 2021 for the Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit.
Free Pre-Event Movie Viewing
Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America's Mental Health Crisis
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Hawkeye Community College – Tama Hall
Register online for Bedlam.
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