17 September

24 September


12:00-1:00p ET
Suicide Prevention Awareness
Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff, Chapter Advisor

1:30-2:00p ET
Uwill - Partnership w/APUS, Crisis Prevention Tool
Adam Ring, Vice President of Strategy, Uwill

2:30-4:00p ET
Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: How to Help
Dr. Tonia Parker & Dr. Laura Bryant

4:30-5:30p ET
​​Mental Health in the Justice System
Judge Yolanda Huff, County Court 12 & Mental Health Court

12:00-1:00p ET
Suicide in LGBTQ+ Youth: How You Can Help?
Dr. Lulu, Life Coach

1:30-2:00p ET
V-A-R: Validate, Appreciate, Refer
Olivia Swarts, Chapter Media Master

2:15-2:30p ET
Self-Care / Breathing session
Rhiannon Brown, Chapter President

3:00-4:00p ET
Suicide in the BIPOC Community
Dr. Jody Adewale

4:30-5:30p ET
COVID-19 & Mental Health
Dr. Mary Cooper, Chapter Advisor

4th Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Symposium

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Painting on Canvas

Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff


Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of Puget Sound and part-time professor at American Public University System. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State, National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and National Board Certified School Counselor (NCSC) with two decades of experience counseling children and adolescents.
Dr. Ratliff considers suicide prevention awareness her lifelong purpose and passion. Her father died by suicide a month shy of her 6th birthday, which later in life inspired her to pursue a career in the mental health field. In 2018, she founded the Virtual Suicide Prevention Awareness Symposium and continues this work in collaboration with the Active Minds at APUS student leaders. She is also a volunteer field advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and completed the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk this past year in memory of the 40th anniversary as a survivor of suicide loss.
She is a member of several professional counseling organizations including the American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Chi Sigma Iota and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Her awards include Counselor of the Year from the Virginia Counselors Association (2008), APUS School of Education Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award (2011), and Active Minds Advisor of the Year (2019). Her research interests include multiracial/multiethnic identity, suicide prevention, compassion fatigue, and the influence of sociopolitical events on professional identity of counselors and counselor educators. 

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17 September: Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which is a time to raise awareness about suicide and spread hope by sharing vital resources. This session introduces current statistics, warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors. I will discuss some of the myths about suicide, help you navigate challenging conversations and provide helpful suicide prevention resources.

Blue Surface

APUS Active Minds

4th Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Symposium

17 & 24 September 2021