H. Reese Butler II to speak at upcoming "Alive! Mental Health Fair"
The “Alive! Mental Health Fair” featuring H. Reese Butler II, founder and president of Kristin Brooks Hope Center and the National Hopeline Network, 1-800-SUICIDE, will be held at Penn State Berks on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. This event is free and open to the public.
Butler will give a presentation about his life experiences that led to his creation of the hotline. He initiated both the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and the National Hopeline Network after the loss of his wife to suicide in 1998. Naming the center after his wife, Butler went on to create thirteen separate programs within the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, and in 2005, he was recognized with an award by the National Mental Health Association.
In addition, Butler published the National Journal Preventing Suicide and created 1-800-PPD-MOMS (Postpartum Depression Peer Support Network). He was also instrumental in the development of several other organizations, including the National Council for Suicide Prevention, the California Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (SPAN-CA), and the Virginia Suicide Prevention Council.
The fair will include displays, four documentaries will be shown, and students can participate in a graffiti art therapy project that will later be displayed in the Perkins Student Center. Mental health related agencies from Berks County will be available to answer questions and students will have the opportunity to participate in free CPR Suicide Prevention Training.
This presentation is part of the Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.