SPR Health Forum: Suicide Awareness

The audience provided some thought-provoking questions at the 2017 SPR Health Forum, Suicide Awareness.

SPR presents its annual public interest forum on March 22 from 6:30-8:30p.m. The topic of the forum is suicide awareness, a topic of relevance both in the Inland Northwest and nationwide.

SPR hosts a health forum on March 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The forum will take place in the Spokane City Council Chambers

Mental health and suicide affect all members of a community from family and friends to local schools. In Washington, one person dies by suicide every eight hours. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34. Idaho ranks sixth in the nation in suicides per 100,000 people, well above the national average.

SPR’s panel of experts aims to answer questions community members have about suicide, mental health, and Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act. Steve Jackson will facilitate discussion between panelists from Survivors of Suicide, Frontier Behavioral Health, Providence Health Services, End of Life Washington, and the Post Falls Police Department.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the panel to answer.

“We want to give listeners, and the greater community, an opportunity to have questions answered by experts they wouldn’t usually have access to,” Jackson said.

Panelists include:

  • Staci Cornwall, Frontier Behavioral Health Crisis Services Director
  • Dr. Kevin Heid, Providence Health Services Pediatric Psychologist
  • Arline Hinckley, End of Life Washington Board Member
  • Sherryl Shepard, Hospice of Spokane Chaplain
  • Scot Haug, Post Falls Police Chief

The forum will broadcast on KPBX 91.1 FM, KSFC 91.9 FM and City Cable 5 on these dates:

This two-hour forum will be broadcast on the following stations:
KPBX 91.1: Tuesday, Mar. 28 at noon; Thursday, Mar. 30 at 6 p.m.  
KSFC 91.9: Sunday, Mar. 26 at noon; Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 10 p.m.; Thursday, Mar. 30 at 11 a.m.
City Cable 5: Saturday, Mar. 25 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 8 p.m.

The forum will also be available on-demand at SpokanePublicRadio.org.

Thanks to event donors WSU Health Sciences Spokane, The Journal of Business, Providence Health Care, and Kauffman & Associates, Inc.

Please click here to read or listen to multiple news reports on the topics of teen suicide, veteran suicide, Washington state's Death with Dignity Act, and more.

About the panelists:

Staci Cornwell is the Director of Crisis Response Services for Frontier Behavioral Health and a licensed mental health professional. She has provided crisis intervention and involuntary treatment assessments in Spokane for 17 years. Cornwell is on the executive leadership team for Spokane’s Suicide Coalition. She also partners with the Spokane Police Department to facilitate Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for officers.

Scot Haug is in his eighth year as the Chief of Police for the Post Falls Idaho Police Department. He has served in the department in 1986. Chief Haug holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from North Idaho College and a degree in Administration of Justice. 

Dr. Kevin Heid is the Director of Psychology Services for Providence Psychology Clinic and Providence Medical Group. He specializes in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Heid was named Mental Health Professional of the Year 2013 by Providence Health Care Foundation, Eastern Washington.

Arline Hinckley grew up in Seattle and earned a Masters in social work from the University of Washington. Her work at University of Missouri Medical Center convinced her of the need for better end-of-life care and opportunities for terminally ill adults to control their last days. She now is a board member and volunteer client adviser for End of Life Washington.

Sheryll Shepard joined Hospice of Spokane and received certification in Death and Grief studies in 2005. A survivor herself, Shepard has facilitated Survivors of Suicide loss groups for the last 10 years. She began her career in chaplaincy in South Dakota and completed her training through Gonzaga in 2002.