Public Talk on Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide: with a special focus on Veterans

What: Eric Boyer will be holding a public talk on traumatic brain injury and suicide. His talk will have a special focus on veterans. Topics to be discussed include:
*Suicide and TBI prevalence in Alaska
*Shared Risk Factors
*Risks and Prevention for Veterans
*Suicide Risk Assessment
*Treatment Considerations
*TBI and Suicide Prevention
Eric Boyer is a training coordinator with the UAA Center for Human Development, Trust Training Cooperative, were his primary focus is centered on suicide prevention and intervention. He has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with the Alaska Dept of Behavioral Health to train and equip community members across our state in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene. Eric is a Certified QPR Institute Master Trainer.
When: June 14th, 2016, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bartlett Hospital’s Robert Valliant Center Board Room.

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