Published on March 14, 2016

Owensboro Health To Host Two Suicide Prevention Events In April [EVENT]

Owensboro Health will host two mental health-centered events in April, with special focus being placed on suicide awareness and prevention.

On April 13, Kevin Hines will present “The Art of Living Mentally Well.” Hines is one of 34 individuals to survive attempting suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Sixteen years later, he is working to help share his story for the benefit of others struggling with mental health issues. Hines has also authored a memoir, “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt” and is producing a documentary, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect.”

Hines’ presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in the auditorium at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Admission to the event is a $5 non-perishable food item, to benefit the HELP Office of Owensboro’s food bank. Pre-registration for this event is recommended, and you can do so by clicking here.

On April 14, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas will present Hope Illuminated: A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support. Spencer-Thomas, a doctor of psychology, will use her presentation to help “increase confidence and competence among participants in addressing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in both the community and workplace.

Dr. Spencer-Thomas’ presentation qualifies for six continuing education units. Those requesting CEUs need to register and pay $40 by March 30, or $50 between March 31 and April 14. Owensboro Health employees get a 50 percent discount on the registration fee. Those not requesting CEUs may attend free of charge. To RSVP for this presentation, click here.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit