Mental Health Speaker Series, Free and Open to the Public – Ask the Experts: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Strategies

Via Zoom – To Join Zoom Meeting: Click the link – https://zoom.us/j/98328917770

Scott Chavez, CC Crisis Center Training Lead & Stephanie Lewis, LMFT, Division Director of Crisis Services, AC Behavioral Health Scott Chavez is the Outreach and Training Lead at the Contra Costa Crisis Center, founded in 1963, where each day, volunteers and staff provide support, counseling and resource information – helping people in emotional or psychological distress. The month of September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Therefore, the topic for NAMI Contra Costa’s General Meeting in September focuses on suicide prevention. The Contra Costa Crisis Center is well-aware that COVID-19 and the continuing social distancing protocols are creating sustained stress in many people’s lives. Scott will discuss the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s recommendations related to COVID-19 stress, self-care, and safety planning for anyone at any level of risk for suicidal behavior. In addition, Scott will share the effects of COVID-19 on the calls, caller and the team of staff and volunteers who answer the crisis calls. Stephanie Lewis, LMFT is currently the Division Director, Crisis Services, Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH), providing oversight, direction, planning, and development of the full spectrum of crisis services and multidisciplinary teams within the ACBH Crisis Division. Over 21 years of experience working in collaboration with law enforcement and emergency medical services providing crisis mental health services to individuals throughout Alameda County. More than 16 years of expert experience providing various trainings to consumers, clinicians, community providers, and law enforcement on topics related to mental health crisis assessment, intervention, and de-escalation.

THURSDAY, September 17 2020 7:00 – 8:30 PM VIA ZOOM 7:00pm NAMI Announcements – 7:15pm Presentation Begins

Time will be allowed for individuals to ask questions. Submit questions by September 16 to ashley@namicontracosta.org.

NAMI Contra Costa is a Non Profit Organization located at 2151 Salvio Suite V Concord CA Office, www.namicontracosta.org.

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