Join Sharpen CEO, Robyn Hussa Farrell for our Fireside Chat series.  This fall, we begin by focusing on suicide prevention with topics ranging from:

  • school behavioral health,

  • evidence-based suicide prevention models,

  • suicide prevention and athletes,

  • mindfulness-based stress reduction,

  • substance use and suicide risk,

  • and trauma, stress, and eating disorders

Fireside Chats fulfill training requirements for SC Foster Parent Association certification.  To qualify, foster parents should attend the live or recorded session, then email Robyn Hussa Farrell at to obtain a printable certificate. 

Alcohol, Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

Featuring Therese K. Killeen, Ph.D., APRN BC

Professor of Psychiatry, Addiction Science Division

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

Wednesday, October 14, 12 pm – 1 pm EST

Join Dr. Therese Killeen, national expert in the field of substance use disorders and PTSD who will discuss the models that have shown to be successful regarding substance use disorder and suicide prevention. Learn more.

Resilience and Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools: Practical Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

Thursday, October 15, 12 pm – 1 pm EST

Learn best practices straight from four different perspectives in the trenches: Dr. Terry O. Pruitt, Chief Academic Officer for Spartanburg School District Seven; Tye Tindal, Clinical Director of Spartanburg District 7 RBHS Program; Colin Bauer, Lead District Social Worker for District Seven; and Ruth Schoonover Coordinator of Parenting and Social Work at Spartanburg School District Three will each offer expertise and resources that districts can utilize to build resilience. Learn more.


A Community Approach to Behavioral Health

Tuesday, October 20, 12 pm – 1 pm EST

Tom Barnet and Heather Witt co-Direct the Spartanburg County Behavioral Health Task Force for the United Way of the Piedmont, and will be joined by two founding members, Carey Rothschild and Roger Williams to provide keys to creating a successful community-based health model. Learn more.

To register for the Chat sessions, please click the button below.

Archived Chats:

School Behavioral Health, Student Wellness, and Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, September 16, 12 pm - 1 pm EST (completed)
Dr. Mark Weist and the Behavioral Alliance of South Carolina have led the charge on best practices in school-based mental health. Dr. Weist’s team shared the latest strategies for suicide prevention in K12 schools. 

Growth Mindset: Optimism in the Midst of Pessimism

Tuesday, September, 22, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)
Rahul N. Mehra, MD Chief Physician Executive for the National Center for Performance Health( NCPH), Bret Lockett, former NFL football player, and Michael Cerino, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Limestone University, will each provide insights on how to achieve and maintain happiness, and review the strategies and successes related to mental resilience.

Mindfulness & Suicide Prevention in Higher Education

Thursday, September 24, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)
Three leaders in counseling and student affairs will discuss ways to use mindfulness as a preventative measure for suicide in student populations (undergraduate and medical students). Drs. Natalie Fadel and Alexis Stoner (VCOM), and Dr. Liz Jodoin (USC Upstate) have deployed unique programs to support resilience, manage stress and maintain mental wellness in their student populations. Their programs provide the foundation for comprehensive and dynamic counseling centers.

Looking Beyond Stereotypes: Who is Really at Risk for Suicide

Tuesday, September 29, 12 pm – 1 pm EST (completed)
Thomas Young, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of nView Health, will share his insight into the common stereotypes surrounding suicide and why we are missing the mark by not taking a more proactive approach in identifying those at risk. He will discuss his experience as a clinician and the benefit of mental health screening as a valuable tool that should be the new norm in proactive healthcare and accessible to all.

Please click the button below to see the previous Fireside Chats sessions. 

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