Virtual Community Forum
Between 2007 and 2018, the national suicide rate among adolescents and youth increased by almost 60% – but there is hope. Prevention is possible when we focus on building protective factors and resiliency and ensuring that families have the education, tools, and resources to take early, meaningful action.
Integral Care and the Central Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are proud to present a virtual forum focused on youth suicide prevention. Experts from across Travis County will explore the following topics.
Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the forum and ask questions at the end of the discussion. The forum will be moderated by Integral Care’s Practice Administrator for Crisis Services and Justice Initiatives Laura Wilson-Slocum, LPC. Learn more about our panelists below.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:00pm – 12:45pm:
12:45pm – 1:00pm:
Q&A after Panel Discussion
Registration details for the webinar will be sent in advance of the forum.
Elliott Niblack, B.A. Elementary Education
CEO Reality Design Consulting LLC, Chief Education & Equity Officer @ The D. Wood Foundation
Elliott Niblack’s mission to advocate for mental health education and services for minority youth began when he was 12 years old. His personal experiences with childhood trauma, racism, suicide attempts and disabling mental health conditions launched him on the path of a healer as a professional educator. He maneuvered through the education system as an elementary, and high school teacher, education director and social emotional learning services provider. Elliott left the classroom and built the behavioral health consulting organization Reality Design Consulting LLC to provide services in empathy-centered communication and systems management. Upon recognizing the healing impact his behavioral health lived experiences could have on others, Elliott joined the peer support-centered minority mental health advocacy organization, The D. Wood Foundation as their Chief Education & Equity Officer. He is pursuing a certification as a Mental Health and Recovery Peer Support Specialist.
Dr. Amy Grosso
Board Chair, Central Texas Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Dr. Amy Grosso serves as the Board Chair for the Central Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Grosso completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She started her career as a mental health counselor at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She now serves as the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Round Rock ISD where she oversees a team of social workers and campus based mental health centers. In addition, Dr. Grosso is part of the formation of a new district police department aimed at reforming school policing by focusing on safety and security, behavioral health, equity, and student advocacy. She is the co-author of the book Schoolwide Collaboration for Transformative Social Emotional Learning.
Keisha Martinez, LPC-S
Program Manager for Integrated Care in Schools, Integral Care
Keisha C. Martinez is a graduate of Texas State University and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who is passionate about working with diverse populations. For the last 13 years, she has served adolescents and their families in the greater Austin area through a variety of settings: school-based mental health, community mental health, Juvenile Probation and a local LGBTQ+ youth center. Through the diversity of her therapeutic experience, she has embraced a desire to advocate for diverse populations and educate community partners looking to create inclusive spaces. She is currently the Program Manager for Integral Care’s School–Based Services where she supervises therapists located throughout Del Valle ISD.
Laura Wilson-Slocum, LPC, Moderator
Practice Administrator for Crisis Services and Justice Initiatives, Integral Care
Since joining Integral Care 16 years ago, Laura Wilson-Slocum has contributed to their substance use disorder services, psychiatric crisis services, and crisis intervention training for first responders. Laura has played a key role in developing partnerships with first responders and bridging the gap between behavioral health services, emergency medical services and criminal justice systems. Laura serves as the Vice Chair for the Capitol Area Council of Governments’ (CAPCOG) Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Along with her team working in mobile crisis response, Laura received the NAMI John and Kitty Holman Award in 2016 and was the recipient of the Senator Kirk P. Watson Public Service Award in 2018. She has presented her work at numerous national and state conferences, including The American Association of Suicidology and Journal of Emergency Medical Services national conferences.
Integral Care supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Integral Care’s services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a solid foundation for well-being. Founded in 1967, Integral Care is Travis County’s Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority.
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. The Central Texas Chapter of AFSP brings together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.