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    Workplace Wellness and Mental Health

    Date: February 12, 2019, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    1031 New Hampshire St.
    Lawrence, Kansas

    **Parking is available across the street and in the parking garage one block north.
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    Start Times:

    11:15 am Registration Begins

    11:15 am Buffet Lunch Available

    11:45 am Opening Business, Chapter Announcements

    12:00 pm Presentation

    1:00 pm Meeting Adjourned

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    • Member - In Advance - $20
    • Member - Late Registration (after 2/08/2019) - $25
    • Guest - $30
    • Student - $10
    • Retiree - $10

    Program: Workplace Wellness and Mental Health

    The majority of suicide deaths in the United States occur in individuals who are of working age. 69% of the 42,826 suicide death in 2014 occurred with individuals who were between the ages of 25 and 64. Suicide deaths in the workforce create not only emotional and personal consequences, but are also responsible for significant financial costs. In 2010, suicide cost Kansas $510,4442,000 in lifetime medical costs and work loss. Underlying mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and other mental disorders are a common risk factor for suicide. The 2009 Integrated Benefits Institute report estimated that 70% of employees with depression were not receiving treatment. The practice of employees not receiving care for mental health concerns not only increases their risk for suicide but also accumulates presenteeism and absenteeism costs for employers.

    The Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center believes that employers and Human Resources professionals are important partners in the fight to reduce suicide in Kansas. Suicide is preventable. The presentation will focus on educating Human Resources Professionals on steps employers can take to make their organizations suicide safer and create hope that we all can be a part of suicide prevention in our communities.

    Presenter: Monica Kurz, Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center Director (Headquarters, Inc)

    Monica Kurz began working in the field of suicide prevention in 2005 as a volunteer counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Headquarters, Inc. She brought her passion for compassionate listening and a focus on consumer strengths to her work as a case manager in community mental health centers. After nine years of case management, Monica transitioned to the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Throughout this time, Monica maintained a focus on supporting high-quality suicide intervention services on the NSPL as a trainer with Headquarters, Inc. She has been the Director for the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center a program of Headquarters, Inc. for the last two years. She enjoys educating and consulting with communities about prevention work and building suicide safer communities.

    We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 12th!