& Carol Graham Suicide Prevention, Depression, Mental Health in the Military
Mark Graham retired from the US Army on August 1, 2012 after thirty-five years of service. His final position was the Director US Forces Command which he held since 2009.
Major General Mark Graham (Ret.) & Carol Graham are tireless champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness.
The Grahams established the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund to provide the "Question Persuade, Refer" suicide prevention program at the University of Kentucky.
The Grahams were instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of Depression and Suicide Prevention at Cameron University, in Lawton, Oklahoma.
They support the ongoing efforts of the Colorado Springs, CO (El Paso County) "Jeff & Kevin Graham Memorial Crisis Hotline.
The Grahams experienced the stigma associated with depression when their son, Kevin, was diagnosed with depression. "As a parent, I didn't want my child to be depressed," General Graham (Ret.) said. Kevin died by suicide months before his brother, Jeff lost his life while trying to warn his platoon about an IED in Iraq.
Investigative Reporter, Philanthropist, Asking the Big Questions; What Really Matters?
DuPont Columbia Award and the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism as well as numerous Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and Individual Reporting.
In his thirty years on television, Dan Ashley has reported on a wide-range of issues and events that affect our lives. As a journalist, Dan has covered stories from the San Francisco bay area, the country and the world. Dan has reported from Poland on the "March of the Living" with bay area holocaust survivors and spans to many emerging headline stories from Peru, Mexico and other remote locations.
Kevin Berthia Grateful Survivor, Suicide Prevention Advocate, Living Proof, The Impact of Listening
"I had never dealt with any of the problems in my life, and that morning, I was overwhelmed by it all.... I parked and walked towards the bridge. As I jumped over the railings I heard someone say: "Hey, wait a minute." I was convinced I was going to end my life, but at the last moment, his voice made me stop and grab the railings. I now know that was Officer Briggs. He snapped me back to reality. I was on teh ledge for 92 minutes, and for 89 of those I just talked. I got everything out and he listened without judging."
Kevin Berthia has since become a Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are. He lives in Northern California and has since welcomed a third child to the world.
Sgt (Ret.) Kevin Briggs Crisis Management, Crises Intervention Training, Leadership Skills and Suicide Intervention & Prevention
2013 Jefferson Award Recipient for Public Service
2013 Public Service Award, Annual Lifesavers Dinner presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
2013 Outstanding Officer Award presented by American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
2013 California State Senate Resolution Recipient
Nicknamed the Guardian of the Golden Gate, Briggs predominately worked on the Bridge- an assignment that would prove to be very challenging as the Golden Gate Bridge produced an average of four to six suicidal persons, multiple traffic collisions, and dozens of other law enforcement "calls" each month.
Often standing for hours in bone-chilling wind or heavy fog, Briggs is a true American hero in his dedication to save lives.
Dr. Kevin Hill Addictions Specialist, Unbiased Truth about Marijuna
Kevin P. Hill, MD, MHS, is an addiction psychiatrist conducting clinical research aimed at developing medications and behavioral interventions that might help those wanting to stop smoking marijuana or cigarettes. Dr. Hill received a prestigious federal K99/R00 grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse: his project is to test the efficacy of a synthetic marijuana-like compound, nabilone, as a medication for patients with marijuana dependence. Dr. Hill earned a Masters in Health Science from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and has published on numerous topics in addiction. Recently, he has spoken nationally and appeared on television on the topics of marijuana policy and treatment, offering a balanced, evidence-based stance on these issues. Dr. Hill's book, Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World's Most Popular Weed, released by Hazelden Publishing in March 2015.
PTSD, Veteran Affairs,War-related mental
health issues, Trauma, Transitioning Home
of Once a
Warrior, Always a Warrior
Blogger for The Huffington Post
for the documentary film, “Halfway Home”.
Dr. Charles Hoge, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) is a nationally-known expert on
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) and
other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related
conditions. Dr. Hoge's expertise spans psychiatry, trauma, public health,
health policy, and infectious diseases. His articles and book, Once a
Warrior, Always a Warrior , are the most frequently cited
articles about the impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on
the troops coming home.
Dr. Edith Eger Auschwitz Survivor, Freedom through Forgiveness Dr. Eger is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of selfrenewal, and achieve things they previous thought unattainable. Using her past as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential and shape their very best destinies. It's a message of healing and personal growth; A message of freedom from selfimposed limitations; A message that helps people build character, deal effectively with life's events, and enrich the lives of others.
Victims’ Rights, LGBTQA, Addiction and Recovery, Civil Rights
Author ofBlackout Girl: Growing up and Drying out in America
Author of Leave the Light On
Author of Picking Up The Pieces Without Picking Up
Jennifer Storm presents one woman's recovery from addiction, trauma and adversity and identifies key components of what can help a person turn their lives around. Jennifer Storm is the ultimate survivor turned thriver having recently chronicled her own story of victimization and recovery in her memoirs: Blackout Girl: Growing up and Drying out in America and Leave the Light On. She actively discusses victims’ rights, LGBTA rights, addiction and recovery, and civil rights.
Prevention and Education, Mental Illness
Reidenberg is currently the Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness
Voices of Education); one of the nation's first organizations
dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member
of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. SAVE is based on the
foundation and belief that suicide should no longer be considered a hidden
or taboo topic and that through raising awareness and educating the public, we
can SAVE lives. He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer,
and presented numerous workshops locally and nationally. Dan and Kevin Hines
have teamed together numerous times to deliver a combined powerful
presentation about their knowledge of mental illness.
Hospice, Grief, The Afterlife, Death and Dying, Care Giving
New Best Selling Book Release (Amazon
Top 100!): Visions,
Trips, and Crowded Rooms
Author of the Best Sellers:The Needs of the Dying and
On Grief and Grieving, Co- Authored with Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Most popular contributor on
Oprah.com and CNN.com
David Kessler has become
the most well-known expert and lecturer on grief and loss today, reaching
hundreds of thousands of people through his books. His most recent book, Visions,
Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die broke
the Amazon Bestsellers Top 100 List and discusses the phenomenon of
"crowded rooms" (similar themes shared by the new film, Hereafter).
The dying often talk about seeing a room full of people, and they constantly
repeat the word crowded. In this fascinating book,
David brings us stunning stories from the bedsides of the dying that will
educate, enlighten, and comfort us all. David has helped thousands of men,
women and children face life and death with peace, dignity and courage.
Crisis Intervention, Hostage Negotiations, Suicide, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Conflict Resolution
Allan O’Keefe has ten years experience as a law enforcement officer, promoted to the rank of Detective. He served as the President of the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators (FAHN). Det. O’Keefe was selected as a member of the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiations Team where has responded to numerous volatile barricaded suicide, suspect and hostage situations requiring specially trained negotiators to resolve the crisis. He is an expert in Crisis Intervention (CRIT), Hostage Negotiations, Suicide, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The above speakers are available for interviews in addition to speaking engagements for universities, organizations, clinical programs, military, clergy, and other educational seminars nationwide . Please contact us with any questions about their schedules and fees or to request additional information.