Fostering Connection Across the Lifespan

2022 New York State Suicide Prevention Conference

September 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2022

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Social connection is the experience of feeling close to and a sense of belonging with others. A large volume of research with diverse populations and age groups shows that social connectedness is one of the most important factors in determining not only our mental health, but also our physical health. This three-day, virtual conference will bring together internationally recognized experts to summarize the latest prevention science and explain why we should all be more focused on supporting social connection across the lifespan—from early childhood and adolescence through our working and older-age years.

Participants will be able to take ideas showcased in the conference back to their diverse communities and begin or build on existing work aimed at supporting healthy social connection.

September 20th, 21st, 22nd 2022

Program

September 20, 2022

DAY ONE:

Making the Case for Connection & Innovative Models for At-Risk Groups
8:45am- 4:00pm

8:45am
Opening

Welcome & Opening Remarks


New York State Official

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9:00am
Plenary

1 CEU/CME

Building community coalitions to support connection

Sidney Hankerson, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Community Engagement in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Equity Research in the Institute for Health Equity Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

10:00am
Plenary

1 CEU/CME

What matters most in health and happiness? Insights from the Harvard Longitudinal Study


Robert Waldinger, MD

Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

11:00am
Plenary

1 CEU/CME

iGen: Understanding the mental health risks of Gen Z


Jean Twenge, PhD

Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University

12:00pm
Keynote

1 CEU/CME

Social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality; and social connection as a protective factor: what the latest science tells us

Julianne Holt-Lundstadt, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University

1:00pm-4:00pm
Round Table Discussion

3.0 CEU/CMEs

Innovative Models for at-risk populations: Exploring the unique and common elements of these community engagement models.

Matt Canuteson – Round Table Moderator

New York State Office of Mental Health Chief Diversity Officer

HAVEN (Helping to Alleviate Valley Experiences Now), a suicide prevention program to help African American youth who attend predominantly black churched feel more connected to their natural social networks and enhance their coping skills to help prevent suicide


Sherry Molock, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at George Washington University

Family Acceptance Project: Preventing Health Risks, Strengthening Families, & Building Healthy Futures For LGBTQ & Gender Diverse Youth


Caitlyn Ryan, PhD

Director of the Family Acceptance Project and Adjunct Distinguished Professor at San Francisco State University

Veteran Sponsorship Initiative and Way Ahead: Supporting High Risk Transitioning Service members and Veterans


Joseph C. Geraci, PhD, LMHC

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired, Infantry, US Army)
Co-Director, Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran And Suicide Prevention Center (TASC)
VA VISN 2 MIRECC, James J. Peters VAMC, Bronx, NY

Life is Precious: A Community-Designed Program For Suicidal Latina Adolescents


Rosa Gil, PhD

Founder, CEO, & President of ComuniLife, Inc.
Founder of Life Is Precious




September 21, 2022

Day Two:

Connection Across the Lifespan
9:15am- 4:30pm

9:15am
Opening

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Ann Sullivan, MD

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner

9:30am
Plenary

1 CEU/CME

We Are the Medicine: Building Relational Systems of Care to Take Positive Childhood Experiences to Scale

Christina Bethell, PhD

Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University & Director of the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

10:30am
Keynote

1.5 CEU/CME

Adolescent connection and suicide prevention: emerging evidence and call to action


Cheryl King, PhD

Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program at the University of Michigan

12:00pm
Plenary

1.5 CEU/CME

Working Minds: Why Peer Support Matters for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion at Work

Jose Ballejo

UA VIP instructor/BTJ Pipefitter, retired U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class, and member of UA Local 58

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

President of United Suicide Survivors International, clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and impact entrepreneur

1:30pm
Plenary

Supporting connection for older adults in the digital age through volunteer work.


Kim Van Orden, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Atalaya Sergi

Director, Americorps Seniors

Mary Hyde

Director, Office of Research and Evaluation AmeriCorps

3:00pm
How to get started : Learn from those doing the work in NY!
Information sessions and practical workshops on implementing these innovative approaches

An Upstream Approach To Youth Suicide Prevention Through DBT-STEPS-A


James Mazza, PhD

Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Washington

Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PhD

Licensed psychologist and owner of Mazza Consulting & Psychological Services, LLC and DBT in Schools, LLC

Alexandra Hernandez

Multicultural High School Principal

A Skills Program For Compassionate Connecting


Jen Marr

Founder and CEO of Inspiring Comfort

Taylor Walls

A fourth-year doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in Montclair State University’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Taylor is currently completing her clinical training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center.

An Early Childhood Development Support Program For Families That Is Expanding Statewide


Hetal Tangal

Pediatrician at BFCC New Lots
Associate Medical Director of the Brookdale Family Care Centers

Allison Lieber

Program Director at HealthySteps

David Beguin, MD, PhD

Physician Lead at HealthySteps

Laura Sigel

HealthySteps Specialist at Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics

Marcia Rice

Mental Health Program Specialist in the Office of Prevention and Health Initiatives at the New York State Office of Mental Health

A workshop for mental health clinicians working with socially isolated/lonely clients


Kim Van Orden, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center




September 22, 2022

DAY THREE:

Community-level Connection & Stories of Hope from Attempt Survivors
8:45am – 1:00pm

8:45am
Opening

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Jay Carruthers, MD

Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health's Suicide Prevention Center

9:00am
Plenary
1 CEU/CME

Leveraging Natural Social Networks for Health & Connection

Peter Wyman, PhD

Chief of Academic Affairs for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester School of Medicine

10:00am
Keynote
1.5 CEU/CME

Supporting community wide connection from Primary Care – an internationally recognized program


Helen Kingston MD

Primary care physician at Frome Medical Practice in Frome, Somerset, England

11:30am

1.5 CEU/CME
Stories of Hope and Connection

Real stories of hope and connection from suicide attempt survivors


Tony Trahan

Deputy Director of the New York State Office of Consumer Affairs

Dillon Browne

Licensed social worker, coordinating daily operations for MHA Westchester’s Sterling Community Center

Emily Childress

Network Manager for Wellness Collaborative of NY IPA

Jeff McMcQueen, MBA, LCDC

Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County

Digna Quinones

Regional Advocacy Specialist, New York State Office of Mental Health - Office of Consumer Affairs

Meet our

guest and keynote speakers!


Jose Ballejo

David Beguin, MD, PhD

Christina Bethell, PhD

Dillon Browne

Matt Canuteson

Jay Carruthers, MD

Emily Childress

Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, PhD

Joe Geraci, PhD

Rosa Gil, PhD

Sidney Hankerson, MD

Alexandra Hernandez

Julianne Holt-Lundstad, PhD

Mary Hyde

Cheryl King, PhD

Helen Kingston, MD

Allison Lieber

Jen Marr

James Mazza, PhD

Jeffrey McQueen, MBA, LCDC

Sherry Molock, PhD

Digna Quinones

Marcia Rice, RN, MS

Caitlyn Ryan, PhD

Laura Sigel

Atalaya Sergi

Dr. Sally Spencer- Thomas

Ann Marie Sullivan, MD

Hetal Tangal

Tony Trahan

Jean Twenge, PhD

Kim Van Orden, PhD

Robert Waldinger, MD

Taylor Walls

Peter Wyman, PhD