The SMA Healthcare Foundation hosted the 6th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium on May 19, 2021 at the Ocean Center. For photos and available videos from the event, please visit www.WhoisJay.org.
The symposium featured:
Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor and international suicide prevention speaker, is our featured keynoter over lunch. Kevin gained nationwide fame for surviving an attempt at taking his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in California. He’s the author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Striving After a Suicide Attempt and the filmmaker behind Suicide: The Ripple Effect, a feature length documentary.
The morning keynoter, Pete Earley, is the bestselling author of 21 books, including four New York Times best sellers. He is the author of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Emerging Mood Disorders and Increased Suicide Rates During COVID – presented by Daniel Weinberg, MD, SMA Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer
In this session we will discuss the increased prevalence and incidence of mood disorders; as well as, the dramatic increase in suicide related morbidity and mortality during the covid pandemic. Discussion will include diagnosis, treatment, and management of mood disorders. In addition, we will identify risk factors for suicidality and interventions to decrease mortality.
Embracing LOVE – Your Tool Kit for Emotional Management and New Found Clarity – presented by Scott Goyette, MBA
Expect to be guided through the L.O.V.E. model, which will empower you to remove the distortions in your lenses of perception, allowing you to find clarity and more effectively manage your emotions. More specifically, this model will teach you how to do the following:
LISTEN to your intuitive self and the many teachers who show up in your life
OBSERVE your needs and nurture yourself so that you can be in service to others as well
VOICE your beliefs and feelings to others in a positive way, once you have learned to manage your own inner critic
EMPATHIZE with all people, since we all experience this life in different ways.
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Igniting Passion While Preventing Burnout – presented by Tina Levene, BA
This Breakout Session is a positive interactive and engaging experience that audiences walk away feeling appreciated, inspired and motivated to improve their self-care and wellness management skills and improve their attitudes and communication skills. Tina uses authentic inspiration through professional and personal stories, her 22 years of lived experience with Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder and shares her recovery journey to provide hope to everyone.
Identify 6 ways to prevent burn-out
Identify 3 ways to recover from burn-out
Strategies to ignite passion
Best ways to develop effective communication skills
Improve ways for team building
Planning for the Future: Legal Protections and Estate Planning for Individuals with SMI – presented by Mike Jorgensen, JD, LLM
Discussions during this session will include the following:
How individuals can be protected now through the use of advanced directives, especially the durable power of attorney;
How to prevent probate and protect beneficiaries;
How to protect assets when government subsidies are needed to help pay for long term care; and
Common terms to understand such as Ex Parte, Guardianship, and the Baker Act