Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm

Mental Health Symposium

Sponsored by: Unitarian Society of New Haven

Mental Health Symposium: Undoing False and Destructive Beliefs.

Symposium will explore the truth behind the popular beliefs that mental illness and gun violence go hand in hand and that acts of mass violence are inevitably committed by “madmen.” In fact, the most rigorous, recent study found that only 4 percent of gun violence is caused by people with diagnosed mental illness, and people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators, and research suggests that suicide accounts for two-thirds of the 30,000 gun deaths each year in the U.S.

During the day, three expert panels will address the following questions:
•  Are people with mental illness at increased risk for violence?
•  Is it true that people with mental illness are at greater risk of suicide than homicide?
•  How do stigma and shame contribute to gun violence?
•  Can legislation and public health education reduce gun violence?

Panelists during the day include:  Dr. Larry Davidson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Yale School of Medicine,  Scott Jackson, Commissioner, Department of Labor; former Chair, Sandy Hook Commission; Annita Perez Sawyer, PhD, Psychologist and Author; Paul Hammer, President, Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship & Enrichment Programs, Person in Recovery; Nicole Hockley, Managing Director, Sandy Hook Commission; Emily McCave, PhD, LMSW, Associate Professor of Social Work at Quinnipiac University, Former President of the Southern CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer; Ann and Allie Nelson, Ann Nelson Advocacy, Yale Child Study Center; Robert Rudewicz, Talk Saves Lives-Firearms and Suicide Prevention & Question Persuade Refer Institute Gatekeeper Trainer, and former Hartford Police Officer; Trish Buchanan, Mental Health Advocate, Jonathan Perloe, Director, Programs and Communications, CT Against Gun Violence.

For further information, please contact:  Claire Bien, 203 804-5507, clairebien1128@yahoocom; or Graziela Reis, (203) 824-2278,

The symposium is sponsored by the Unitarian Society of New Haven’s
Mental Health Awareness and Preventing Gun Violence Task Forces

Admission: Free-will donations
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