& Carol Graham Suicide Prevention, Depression, Mental Health in the Military
Mark Graham retired from the US Army on August 1, 2012 after thirty-five years of service. His final position was the Director US Forces Command which he held since 2009.
Major General Mark Graham (Ret.) & Carol Graham are tireless champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness.
The Grahams established the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund to provide the "Question Persuade, Refer" suicide prevention program at the University of Kentucky.
The Grahams were instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of Depression and Suicide Prevention at Cameron University, in Lawton, Oklahoma.
They support the ongoing efforts of the Colorado Springs, CO (El Paso County) "Jeff & Kevin Graham Memorial Crisis Hotline.
The Grahams experienced the stigma associated with depression when their son, Kevin, was diagnosed with depression. "As a parent, I didn't want my child to be depressed," General Graham (Ret.) said. Kevin died by suicide months before his brother, Jeff lost his life while trying to warn his platoon about an IED in Iraq.
Investigative Reporter, Philanthropist, Asking the Big Questions; What Really Matters?
DuPont Columbia Award and the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism as well as numerous Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and Individual Reporting.
In his thirty years on television, Dan Ashley has reported on a wide-range of issues and events that affect our lives. As a journalist, Dan has covered stories from the San Francisco bay area, the country and the world. Dan has reported from Poland on the "March of the Living" with bay area holocaust survivors and spans to many emerging headline stories from Peru, Mexico and other remote locations.
Kevin Berthia Grateful Survivor, Suicide Prevention Advocate, Living Proof, The Impact of Listening
"I had never dealt with any of the problems in my life, and that morning, I was overwhelmed by it all.... I parked and walked towards the bridge. As I jumped over the railings I heard someone say: "Hey, wait a minute." I was convinced I was going to end my life, but at the last moment, his voice made me stop and grab the railings. I now know that was Officer Briggs. He snapped me back to reality. I was on teh ledge for 92 minutes, and for 89 of those I just talked. I got everything out and he listened without judging."
Kevin Berthia has since become a Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are. He lives in Northern California and has since welcomed a third child to the world.
PTSD, Veteran Affairs,War-related mental
health issues, Trauma, Transitioning Home
of Once a
Warrior, Always a Warrior
Blogger for The Huffington Post
for the documentary film, “Halfway Home”.
Dr. Charles Hoge, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) is a nationally-known expert on
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) and
other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related
conditions. Dr. Hoge's expertise spans psychiatry, trauma, public health,
health policy, and infectious diseases. His articles and book, Once a
Warrior, Always a Warrior , are the most frequently cited
articles about the impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on
the troops coming home.
Dr. Edith Eger Auschwitz Survivor, Freedom through Forgiveness Dr. Eger is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of selfrenewal, and achieve things they previous thought unattainable. Using her past as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential and shape their very best destinies. It's a message of healing and personal growth; A message of freedom from selfimposed limitations; A message that helps people build character, deal effectively with life's events, and enrich the lives of others.
Victims’ Rights, LGBTQA, Addiction and Recovery, Civil Rights
Author ofBlackout Girl: Growing up and Drying out in America
Author of Leave the Light On
Author of Picking Up The Pieces Without Picking Up
Jennifer Storm presents one woman's recovery from addiction, trauma and adversity and identifies key components of what can help a person turn their lives around. Jennifer Storm is the ultimate survivor turned thriver having recently chronicled her own story of victimization and recovery in her memoirs: Blackout Girl: Growing up and Drying out in America and Leave the Light On. She actively discusses victims’ rights, LGBTA rights, addiction and recovery, and civil rights.
The above speakers are available for interviews in addition to speaking engagements for universities, organizations, clinical programs, military, clergy, and other educational seminars nationwide . Please contact us with any questions about their schedules and fees or to request additional information.