September 5, 2017

 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OSU Harding Behavioral Health’s Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Program and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will host their fourth annual suicide prevention conference, “Unnecessary Losses:  A Journey to Zero Suicide,” from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High Street. 

Media representatives are asked to contact Media Relations at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover this event. Parking is available in the Ohio Union South Garage.

Dr. John Campo, chair of the department of psychiatry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and Dr. Mark Hurst, medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, will lead the conference. Speakers include:

• Jeff Bridge, principal investigator, Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Greg Brown, professor of clinical psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: “Standardized Assessment: Safety Planning”

• Lisa Horowitz, staff scientist/clinical psychologist, National Institute of Mental Health: “Standardized Pediatric Assessment: Risk Screening in Primary Care” 

Helen Anne Sweeney, project manager, Ohio Department of Public Health: “Ohio Suicide Gap Analysis”

• Maureen Maher-Bridge, social worker, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center: “Life with a Suicidal Family Member: Living Effectively with Fear”

The STAR Program, an initiative of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OSU Harding Behavioral Health, improves lives by developing and delivering trauma-informed clinical services and educational programs to help those suffering the ravages of trauma and related mental illness. The program also contributes new knowledge on stress and resilience gained through cutting-edge research. For more information or to register for the conference, visit this website.  

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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or

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