Sally SpencerWinona State University Counseling Services will host a presentation on suicide prevention with Sally Spencer, Executive Director of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

The presentation will promote self-resilience and mental health as part of the 2014-15 University Theme of Sustainable Futures.

Spencer is a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother Carson’s suicide. She is CEO of the Carson J Spencer Foundation (CJSF), which delivers innovative and effective suicide prevention programs for working-aged people, coaching young leaders to develop social enterprises for mental health promotion and suicide prevention as well as supporting people bereaved by suicide. She is a professional speaker and trainer, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention, and also serves Survivor Division Chair for the American Association for Suicidology. Spencer has published four books on mental health issues.

Prior to Spencer’s presentation, the Great River Reading Series will host a poetry reading with author Matt Rasmussen from his book Black Aperture, a series of poems about his brother’s suicide. More information on Rasmussen’s reading can be found on the Winona State News website.

For more information contact Counseling Services at or 507.457.5330.



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