Webinar- Surviving and Thriving

Surviving and Thriving Through Crisis

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Recorded August 27, 2020 presented by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas


The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged workplaces with unprecedented uncertainty, anxiety and disruption. Many who were already experiencing toxic stress and mental health challenges find themselves suffering even more due to the distress caused by all of the ever changing circumstances cause by the virus, social unrest and economy. Given the perfect storm of risk factors, forward-looking leaders are being proactive to prevent further employee crises, such as suicide and complete mental exhaustion. In this webinar, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, a global expert in workplace resilience, mental health and suicide prevention will share strategies for workplaces to help their workers cope, support one another, and even grow through these hard times.

Participants will be able:
• To understand how enduring toxic stress impacts us and how our current situation of converging stressors brings unique challenges – and opportunities.
• To describe a model of understanding the suicidal person.
• To list key elements of the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention.
• To identify at least two action steps employers can take today to help workers that are suffering.

About the Presenter

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical psychologist. Mental health advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor.

She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy (www.ManTherapy.org) and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

She has held leadership roles with the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, United Suicide Survivors International, and the Carson J Spencer Foundation. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the White House on men’s mental health.

She has won multiple awards for her advocacy including the 2015 Farberow Award from the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the 2014 Survivor of the Year from the American Association of Suicidology, the 2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award, and the 2012 Alumni Master Scholar from the University of Denver.

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and studio art from Bowdoin College, her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.