6:45-8:15 Viewing of The Ripple Effect
8:30-9:30 Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business: The Role We Play as Providers – Janel Cubbage, LGPC
About the Film: Suicide is an epidemic that takes over 800,000 lives globally every year. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts and over 40,000 deaths by suicide every year. Our United States Military is devastatingly impacted with 22 Veterans dying everyday by suicide, and that is an understatement.
Research has shown that for every one suicide death, over 115 people are directly, and secondarily effected and the financial cost of suicide in the US is estimated to be over 40 billion dollars annually. Suicide is global public health crisis that is not receiving the attention it deserves and therefore millions continue to die, and the ripple effects of these deaths continue to devastate parents, children, families, friends and communities.
“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive.
The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
The film chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it has on those who have been impacted by his suicide attempt and his life’s work since. In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.
This film will shine light on the reality of this ongoing crisis and highlight effective efforts that are helping people stay well and alive. This film is uniting and igniting change that will have a tremendous positive impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. It is not just a film; it is a movement.
About the Speaker: Janel Cubbage is the Director of Suicide Prevention at the Behavioral Health Administration where she works with various stakeholders to increase awareness of suicide and improve preparedness to identify individuals at-risk, intervene, and provide support to promote healing and improved quality of life. Janel began her career in the juvenile justice field working with adjudicated youth and later became involved in suicide prevention through her work as a program manager for the Army National Guard. In addition to her work in public health, Janel is also a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and continues to work with a diverse group of clients, previously providing therapy services to individuals incarcerated at Carroll County Detention Center and now seeing clients at a private practice in Columbia. Through her clinical work, Janel specializes in depression, trauma, and suicidal ideation in underserved populations including the African American and military community. Janel is committed to conveying hope, support, and connectedness to those in need in all work she does, whether on a large-scale or individual level.
At the conclusion of the program participants should be able to:
- Recognize suicide as a public health issue and the impact of suicide.
- Identify the role of providers in assessing and managing suicide risk.
- Learn of the various resources available in Maryland for suicide prevention.