Mental Health Issues

Dr. Dan Reidenberg

Dr. Dan Reidenberg is the Executive Director of SAVE and is the principle speaker for the organization. He is a recognized leader in the field of suicide prevention and has spoken nationally and internationally on suicide prevention and grief support to more than 350,000 people.

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Jeff Yalden

Jeff is renowned for his work with teen mental health – teen suicide prevention and intervention, teen depression, teen suicide training, teen mental health, and helping school communities move forward after the death by suicide of one of their students.

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Dennis Gillan

Dennis helps tear down the walls of silence which have surrounded the issues of mental health, depression, and suicide. He infuses his passion and humor into a tough subject which touches everyone in the audience.

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Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss Rogers is an author and an emotionally naked professional public speaker. She is a registered trainer for safeTALK, suicide alertness for everyone and certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) in addition to additional trainings.

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Helen M. Farrell

Award-Winning Harvard Psychiatrist and TEDx Speaker & Writer Helen M. Farrell, M.D. frequently contributes expert psychiatric commentary to the media and press. Dr. Farrell gained recognition for her original JAMA article, “A House Built Out of Madness” which sought to overcome stereotypes of mental illness. Dr. Farrell’s 2015 TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” has been viewed across the globe and is transforming perceptions of mental illness from stigma into acceptance.

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Richie Contartesi

Photo of Richie holding a football in front of him

At 12 years old, Richie found a mentor who picked him up and showed him a formula to succeed in life, become the best he could be, and his life changed forever. Now, he does the same for other students. Richie struggled with goals, being bullying, anxiety, depression, and even had suicidal thoughts until he found his first passion, playing football, and turned that into a full D1 football scholarship at Ole Miss standing a staggering 5’7″ and a hefty 150 pounds.

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Shawn Christopher Shea

Shawn Christopher Shea

Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (www.suicideassessment.com), a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessments. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School.

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Terry Wise

Terry Wise

Widowed at 35 following her spouse’s death from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and after surviving a near-fatal suicide attempt, Terry Wise spent the next several years in treatment. A former Boston trial attorney, Wise has since devoted her life to international public speaking and full-time writing. She has traveled to all 50 states and hundreds of cities to appear as a keynote speaker, continuing education instructor and workshop presenter—speaking to both the general public and professionals on topics related to depression, grief, long-term caregiving, suicide prevention, and the process of recovery.

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Josh Rivedal

Josh Rivedal

Josh Rivedal wears many hats. Josh Rivedal is a motivational public speaker, life coach, playwright, producer, business and career consultant, and ordained minister. When not working, Josh Rivedal enjoys a nice Pinot Noir, a good historical fiction book, traveling when possible, Tae Kwon Do, and learning new languages.

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Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines

Kevin continues to speak to over three hundred thousand people about a firsthand experience with suicidal thoughts and his eventual attempted suicide. He is one of 33 Golden Gate Bridge jump survivors. Less than 2% of those people who have survived the jump, have regained full mobility as Kevin has. He is the sole survivor actively spreading the message of living mentally well and the prevention of suicide. Hines is a powerful, honest, and intimate presenter, and a phenomenal writer.

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Beverly Cobain

Beverly Cobain

Bev Cobain is a Registered Nurse with credentials in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She is a nationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator on issues of depression awareness, suicide prevention/intervention, and family healing following the death of a loved one to suicide. Bev’s own experiences of sexual abuse, panic disorder, alcoholism, major depression, and suicidality are key in her understanding of the struggles of others who struggle with these issues. Kurt Cobain’s suicide was the most public of three suicides in her family, and one that affirmed her determination to help others to heal. Bev was the first recipient of the “Green Ribbon” award, given annually by the National Mental Health Association in recognition of her efforts to help youth cope with depression. She is author of When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens, (Free Spirit, 1996 & 2006), and coauthor of the acclaimed, Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide

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Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard made her first Olympic swimming appearance in 1996 at the age of 14. Beard won one gold and two silver medals at that first Olympic Games and has been a strong competitor since. She went on to win a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze at the next two Olympic Games. Beard is the winner of eight national titles and is a former world record holder.

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Julie Woodley

Julie Woodley

Julie Woodley is the founder and director of Restoring the Heart Ministries, Inc. A speaker, author, and counselor, Woodley holds an M.A. in counseling and a certificate in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. She is also currently finishing her M.Div., and her Chaplain Training. She is a certified trauma counselor and was ordained in 2000. Julie draws from personal experiences and the healing she has found in Christ to share hope and healing with other victims of trauma.

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Bobby Schindler

Bobby Schindler

Bobby Schindler is the executive director of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. Schindler’s life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in February of 1990 when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound brain injury. When Terri’s husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Schindler was suddenly propelled into a public life he’d never wanted or imagined. He became Terri’s primary public advocate, speaking in defense of his sister’s life on numerous national television and radio programs.

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Kelly Walker Stone

Kelly Walker Stone

Kelly Walker-Stone is a leading Substance Abuse Counselor and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Speaker. Kelly is a Prescription Drug Abuse Activist who specializes in educating audiences by speaking about Drug and Alcohol Prevention and the prevention of prescription drug abuse.

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Tracey Cleantis, LMFT

Tracey Cleantis, LMFT

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Carl Antisell

Carl Antisell

Carl has extensive experience educating young people and their families about mental health issues, as well as advocating for more openness surrounding youth mental health–specifically the challenges and stigma facing youths in recovery. He is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chapter of Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization that attempts to educate the public on the issues faced by young people.

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Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor

Scientist and Author, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a trained and published neuroanatomist. Her specialty was in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and the severe mental illnesses.

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Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond

Singer, actress, television personality, businessperson. Born Olive Marie Osmond on October 13, 1959, in Ogden, Utah. While she has achieved a number of successes as a solo artist, an actress, and a businessperson, Marie Osmond is often best remembered for her collaboration with her brother as the singing duo Donny and Marie.

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Patty Duke

Patty Duke

Patty Duke, Academy Award winning actress, past President of the Screen Actors Guild, and best selling author, has been delighting and challenging audiences for more than 40 years with her work in movies and on television. Her Oscar-winning portrayal of blind, mute and deaf Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" launched Patty as one of America's finest young talents.

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Patch Adams

Patch Adams

Dr. Patch Adams travels around the world lecturing on his work and doing theater shows about various aspects of health, particularly dealing with self-care and preservation. He is enthusiastic, perceptive, and a humorous person.

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