Suicide Prevention Conference
Details for the 2018 conference will be posted at a later date.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Gulf Coast State College, Sarzin Lecture Hall
1:00 – 5:00 pm – Conference Speakers
No fee to attend – Seats are limited – Refreshments are provided
**If you previously registered for the original date, there is no need to register a 2nd time. Please email Tricia at [email protected] to confirm your attendance.
Major Jim Russell, Deputy Chief of Police at Florida State University
Jim Russell is the Deputy Chief of Police at the Florida State University Police Department where he has served for over 24 years. He has served in patrol, crime prevention, training, support services, and investigations. He became involved in mental health awareness and suicide prevention as he dealt simultaneously with increasing incidents of suicide on campus as well as his own diagnosis of major depressive disorder in 2010. Deputy Chief Russell is dedicated to advocating for the elimination of stigma concerning mental health issues, prevention of suicide and self-harm, encouraging senior management in first responder agencies to become better educated, and encouraging first responders to practice help-seeking without fear. He often conducts his advocacy on bicycle as an ultra-marathon cyclist demonstrating that “persons with mental illness can achieve great things and deserve respect and dignity”, and has completed multiple 12 and 24 hour cycling events to promote this concept. The core of his advocacy centers on his belief, “If I truly love the people I work with, then I will be an advocate for them on this issue”.