Mental Health Awareness Conference

When: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8am to 3pm
Where: Colonial Hotel, 625 Betty Spring Road, Gardner, MA 01440

This conference will be streamed live to the North Cafeteria on the Gardner Campus, Room 107 at the Devens Campus, and Room 108 at the Leominster Campus.

Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines – International Speaker, Author, and Mental Health Advocate.

Author of Cracked, Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story

Kevin Hines is an award-winning international speaker, author, and mental health advocate.  Kevin has been featured in the critically acclaimed film “The Bridge,” on Larry King Live, 20/20, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and Ireland’s famed Tonight with Vincent Browne. He has been featured in hundreds of radio, film, and television media outlets. Kevin has written countless articles about suicide awareness/prevention and ‘The Art of Living Mentally Well.’ His articles have appeared in the San Francisco Medical Magazine, The Santa Barbara Independent, New Voices at Bay, the National Council Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Advancements in Psychiatric Treatment, as well as many others. He was most recently honored as a Lifetime Achievement Award Winner by The National Council for Community Behavioral Health.

8:00 am – Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:45 am — Welcome Address
9:00 am – 11:30 am — Panel Speakers and Q&A
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm — Keynote Speaker and Book signing (limited supply–cash only)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — QPR Training (optional, preregistration is required)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

(Registration for the Conference will be provided through Lifelong Learning. With registration questions or to register by phone contact Life Long Learning at: 978-630-9525, x9525.)

Sponsored by The SHINE Initiative, Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Hospital

Panel Speakers

Bryan DoeBryan Doe, Department of Veterans Affairs, Springfield Veterans Outreach

Bryan Doe is in charge of Veterans Outreach for the Department of Veterans Affairs Springfield Vet Center located in West Springfield, MA.  Bryan’s primary goal is to foster a positive and comfortable working relationship with Veterans in order to gain their trust and confidence so the Veteran feels comfortable when approached about receiving readjustment counseling services and benefits assistance.  Being an 8 year Active Duty Army Staff Sergeant Veteran with 2 combat deployments to Iraq totaling 27 months, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bryan’s diagnosis and experience helps him understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences, while being able to assist them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment here in the community.  This ability to connect with Veterans has continuously led to outstanding results.

Stephanie RodriguesDr. Stephanie Rodrigues, Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Stephanie Rodrigues is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Addiction at the UMass Medical School with extensive research and clinical experience in the treatment of severe mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among general, veteran and homeless populations.

Dr. Rodrigues is particularly interested in studying the role of stigma in the treatment engagement of these and other stigmatized populations, as well as the implementation and evaluation of treatment programs that target stigma reduction in order to promote recovery.

Dr. Rodrigues received her doctorate from the Combined Clinical/School Psychology Program at Hofstra University and completed a Department of Veterans Affairs Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Health Services Research at the Center for Health Quality Outcomes and Economic Research at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Heather BrenhouseDr. Heather Brenhouse, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology Department, Northeastern University.

Cognitive deficits apparent in school-aged children are often an early warning sign for mental illness later in life, according to Dr. Heather Brenhouse, an instructor of psychiatry and researcher at Northeastern University.

Dr. Brenhouse, who was previously an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has noted that studies have shown the onset of depression to be delayed an average of 9 to 10 years following stressful and traumatic experiences endured by young people.

Dr. Brenhouse, whose research has been previously funded in part by the SHINE Initiative as well as the Brain Behavior Research Foundation, has more recently received a grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to explore the con­nec­tion between child­hood trauma and ado­les­cent mental illness.

Dr. Brenhouse received a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University, New York, a Masters in Science from Rutgers University, a Ph. D. from Northeastern University, and a Post-Doctoral fellowship from the Harvard Medical School.



Heywood Hospital