Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 | 1PM
Clark County YMCA | Vancouver, WA
Join us for our Shine the Light: Suicide Prevention & Awareness Summit!
We are raising awareness, educating the public, and fostering hope by creating a community where we all come together to discuss this very serious issue. Increase your understanding of suicide, its prevalence, the risk factors and access to tools. Increase your knowledge base of factors contributing to suicide rates, approaches to suicide prevention, and other important information.
What’s Happening at the Summit?
OUR GUEST SPEAKER | FRANK KING
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we introduce our esteemed guest speaker for the upcoming Shine the Light Suicide Prevention and Awareness Summit – a man whose powerful voice and unique perspective have the capacity to inspire, enlighten, and uplift.
A beacon of hope in the realm of mental health advocacy, we are thrilled to welcome Frank King, the Mental Health Comedian, to our event. With a dynamic blend of humor and candid vulnerability, Mr. King has harnessed the transformative power of storytelling to shed light on the often misunderstood topic of mental health.
As a TedTalker and stand-up comedian, Frank King has graced stages across the nation, using his compelling personal journey to engage audiences in crucial conversations about depression, suicide prevention, and the significance of mental well-being. Having navigated his own profound battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, Frank’s journey is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the importance of destigmatizing conversations surrounding mental health.
MULTIPLE INFORMATION & DISCUSSION PANELS
Distinguished representatives from the Clark County Health Department will furnish us with local suicide statistics and insights, shedding light on regional trends.
The summit’s itinerary includes two insightful panel discussions: one dedicated to survivors of suicide, offering firsthand accounts of their experiences.
Our second discussion panel centers around loved ones who have lost someone to suicide, offering a distinct perspective on this critical issue.
During the event, participants can also take advantage of:
2 decompression rooms, one with yoga led by student instructors
Presence of over 15 local chaplains in plain attire, providing non-religious comfort
A Trusted Adult presentation by Kathleen Donaldson
Community resource tables through our MANY partners (Bridgeview Resource Center, Trauma Intervention Program NW, Returning Veterans Project, Amerigroup, Seamar/Community Services NW, The Foundation, NW CAVE, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Lifeline Connections, Clark County Teen Talk, and the Veterans Association. There will also be resources specific to faith communities and the construction industry as well as info on NAMI programs)
A musical performance by members of Magenta Theater
An assortment of snacks and beverages thoughtfully provided by the YMCA