Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference to be Held at SEMO

The Community Counseling Center Foundation in cooperation with Southeast Missouri State University will hold its third Suicide Prevention & Awareness Conference on July 28, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall on the SEMO campus.

The conference is free to attend, but advanced registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

Key note addresses will be given nationally renowned speakers Kevin Berthia and Josh Rivedal.  A wide array of Breakout sessions will feature topics of interest to the general public, mental health professionals, business professionals, veterans, faith-based leaders, public safety, students, educators, and anyone who has been touched by suicide and needs help.


In 2005, Kevin Berthia lived in the San Francisco Bay area.  He had an infant daughter who had been born premature, and the medical costs for her care climbed to nearly $250,000.  He couldn't see a way out of debt.  Berthia fell into a deep depression and went to the Golden Gate Bridge.  "I was overwhelmed with everything," he explained. "It's like everything that I ever was bothered by, everything that I was ever dealing with came up on one day.  And I just felt like a failure.  All I gotta do is lean back and everything is done. I'm free of all this pain." I have since become a suicide prevention advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. I now know that depression is a part of me but not who I am.”

Josh Rivedal is an author, actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and diversity in 100+ locations across the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. He is the founder and executive director of The i’Mpossible Project--a non-profit media company designed to entertain, educate, and engage on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity and social change.

For more information or to register for the conference: or call 573-332-6183.  

If you would like to assist Community Counseling Center in its fight against suicide, you can make a donation by contacting the Foundation at 573-332-2795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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