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Meet the New Suicide Prevention Center Director:  
 Dr. Barbara Gulbranson
 
Why did you want to take the helm of Suicide Prevention Center?
This role was important to me because I want to prevent people from suffering from the effects of suicide. Too many families have lost loved ones, too many lives have been lost; yet, suicide is the most preventable form of death today. I got involved to help prevent such suffering in the lives of those who are touched by suicide.
 
What have your first few months been like at the SPC?
It has been extremely busy and rewarding. I have had the opportunity to meet like-minded people who share the same goal of preventing such tragedies from occurring and formulate ways in which we can work together to generate awareness about this public health crisis. It’s a pleasure to partner with people and organizations with the same goal in mind.
 
What new things do you bring to the SPC?
I come from a background as a hospice chaplain and author of inspirational books. I think that I bring a deep-seated compassion for others, as well as a different perspective – one that focuses on how we can heal hearts and save lives in a unique way.
 
How important is the role of the SPC in our community?
Our role is essential in the community. By providing suicide education to high school students, organizations, law enforcement, health care professionals, families, mental health professionals, etc., we are making a difference in preventing needless deaths by suicide. Our Survivor Support group helps those grieving from loss of a loved one. I really believe we are creating a community where depression can be healed before it turns into suicide and where fewer lives will be shattered.
 
What message do you want young people to walk away with after attending a Yellow Ribbon presentation?
The single most important message we want kids to walk away with is that it is okay to ask for help. During a Yellow Ribbon presentation, our facilitators give students special Ask4Help cards that they can present to a trusted individual to signify that they need help now. Students need to know that people care about them and will help them get the support and healing that they need. In fact, just recently, after a Yellow Ribbon presentations at a local high school, six students came forward, presented their cards and got immediate help.
 
Tell us about your previous work in the community?
Before joining the SPC, I was a chaplain at Grace Hospice. I ministered to the terminally ill and their families. As an author, I have given inspirational workshops and speaking engagements both in our community and all around the country – all with the goal of helping people live peaceful, happy, loving lives.
 
What has been the most surprising thing that you have learned about suicide?
The elderly men population are the most at-risk of dying by suicide.
 
What is the most rewarding thing about working for the SPC?
By far, the most rewarding thing is to be instrumental in saving lives and helping the healing process for those with broken hearts due to loss from suicide.
 
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My favorite activities are meditating (twice a day), working out, watching the birds, reading mystery books and writing books.
 
 

Join Barbara for two different upcoming trainings presented by the Suicide Prevention Center:
 

Question, Persuade Refer Training
A two hour training for those working with the public needing basic skills to prevent suicide. 
April 12th, 4-6pm, South Bend, Indiana
Find out more and register today. 




ASIST TRAINING AVAILABLE
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
May 3rd and 4th in Elkhart, Indiana
Find out more and register today.

 
 

 
 
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