Kurt and Tricia

AIR and the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies co-host annual National Suicide Prevention Day Conferences, Back to School: Take a Breath, in early September. Each year, the conference features different experts and a particular area of focus.

Sixth Annual National Suicide Prevention Day Workshop

Back to School: Building Youths’ Resiliency

Presented by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) and Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™)

Co-Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Central Jersey Chapter and Carrier Clinic

Suicide Prevention Workshop

Tue, September 11, 2018, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT







T.O.N.E-z - Attitudes in Reverse



8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration, Refreshments and Exhibitors

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. Welcome – Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, NJAMHAA, and Don Parker, LCSW, President and CEO, Carrier Clinic

9:10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Christine Norbut Beyer, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Safety Planning Intervention to Reduce Risk of Suicide –Barbara Stanley, PhD, Director, Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation Program, Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Professor of Medical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

10:15 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. Break and Exhibitors

10:25 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Words Matter: Changing the Language of Suicide to Eliminate Stigma - Tricia Baker, YMHFA, CPDT-KA, and Kurtis Baker, YMHFA, CFP®, Co-Founders, Attitudes In Reverse®

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presentation: Bullying, its Impact on Mental Health and Strategies to Address and Prevent It – Sarabjit Singh, MD, Medical Director, Saint Clare’s Hospital; and Warren Ververs, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, Manager, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health

11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Panel Discussion: Impact of Social Media and Related Strategies and Resources – Tara Chalakani, LPC, NCC, ACS, RN, Vice President, Mental Health Services for Youth and Families, Preferred Behavioral Health Group; Ankur Desai, MD, Medical Director, PerformCare; Jessica Haurin, LAC, Clinician, Robins’ Nest, Inc.; and Jennifer Kugler LPC, ACS, Program Director, Robins’ Nest, Inc.

12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Inspiring Performance by Actor/Singer T.O.N.E.-Z