During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. Kristin experienced this misery, yet still managed to touch many lives and even in death continues to help others find help for their depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was created to help those in crisis find help and hope immediately. The site and her story gives you a raw, personal glimpse into depression, and how it affects those around you. In addition, you will find the only clear, step-by-step path for you to follow out of the darkness. There is hope and you can feel happy again! If you need to speak with someone right now call: 1.800.442.HOPE (1.800.442.4673)
Alive! Mental Health Fair
The Alive! Mental Health Fair is a program of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. It was created to provide an interesting educational suicide prevention program aimed at college students. The fair has visited over 40 colleges so far, and each event has been a huge success! The onsite counselors are amazed at how this event, like no other before, helps them start the conversation about suicide prevention with the students.
Most people do not know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students.
Alive! Mental Health Fair includes several one going and time-specific exhibits. There is an Art Therapy and a hands-on Graffiti Exhibit where each student is able to create their own art expression on a large canvas. The canvas is pre-populated with a theme customized for each campus.
We screen "A Reason To Live" Documentary which depicts young suicidal adults grappling with life and death issues and how crisis interventionists help them.
In addition, there is a Create-Your-Own-Secret Exhibit, where blank postcards are sent to each campus in advance of the fair's arrival so that students can write their secrets in advance and then come and look at their own and other secrets put on display at the fair.
Lastly, there is a 1-hour suicide prevention training course in QPR, Question Persuade and Refer, on how to ask a friend or someone you are concerned about if they are suicidal, how to persuade them to get help, where to find that help and take them there. Counselors invited from the host college will be on hand to meet and speak to the students.
2.22.2013 - Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY
2.25.2013 - Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
2.27.2013 - Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
3.5.2013 - College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
3.12.2013 - Reedley College, Reedley, CA
3.13.2013 - Fresno College, Fresno, CA
3.14.2013 - Willow International Community College Center, Fresno, CA 3.18.2013 - Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
3.19.2013 - College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
4.23.2013 - Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
More events to be posted soon!
Alive! Mental Health Fair trained over 2,000 students in a one hour Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Course at the following colleges:
2.27.2012 - Jefferson Community College
2.28.2012 - Penn State Berks
4.11.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Essex)
4.12.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk)
4.13.2012 - Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville)
4.19.2012 - East Tennessee State University
5.5.2012 - Howard High School Anti-Bullying Event with Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens
10.9.2012 - Allegheny College of Maryland
10.11.2012 - PSU Greater Allegheny
10.17.2012 - Leir Retreat Center, CT
11.02.2012 - Reading PA - Mental Health America
12.1.2012 – Kent Island High School
09.06.11 - Gillette College
09.07.11 - Sheridan College
09.09.11 - Keuka College
09.22.11 - Viterbo University
09.26.11 - PSU-Mont-Alto
10.06.11 - Northern Virginia Community College
10.11.11 - PSU- Beaver
10.12.11 - PSU Greater Allegheny
10.13.11 - PSU DuBois
10.14.11 - Westmoreland County Community College
10.18.11 - Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar
10.19.11 - Lincoln Land Community College
11.01.11 - North East Wisconsin Technical College
11.4.11 - Keuka College
09/22/10 - Montana State Univ-Bozeman
09/23/10 - Montana State Univ-Bozeman
09/30/10 - Penn State Abington
10/01/10 - Connecticut College - New London
10/13/10 - Penn State Greater Allegheny
11/03/10 - Hudson County Community College
03/31/11 – Alvernia U. Redding PA
04/27/11 - Chesapeake C.C. Wye River MD