Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Forum on Suicide in the LGBT Community - March 24 - Center on Halsted

Suicide in the LGBT Community

Research and Health Care Perspectives 2009

Tuesday March 24, 2009 7:00-9:00 pm - Center on Halsted

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Institute (SOGI) will partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to present current research and clinical perspectives on suicide in the LGBT community on March 24th.

Researchers representing Children’s Memorial Hospital, Howard Brown Health Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss their work on suicidality, focusing on youth and women in our community. Health care providers and public health officials will provide commentary on the research, and share observations on this topic from their work. Community participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with the presenters and provide their perspectives.

This event will be held in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Panelists for the evening include:

Dennis Beauchamp, LCSW
Clinician, supervisor and manager at CJE SeniorLife, Member of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging

Robert Garofalo MD, MPH
Director of Adolescent HIV Services at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, Deputy Director of Howard Brown Health Center

Tonda Hughes, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Professor in Nursing and Public Health at UIC, Director of Research for the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

G. Simone Koehlinger, Psy.D.
Director of the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health

Valerie Newman, MA, ATR, LPC
Youth Program Clinical Supervisor at the Center on Halsted

Laura Szalacha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the UIC College of Nursing

Edmond Yomtoob, Psy.D.
President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Private practice serving the LGBT community

[Image above from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone call The Trevor Helpline. There is hope, there is help...]

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