Dr. April Foreman

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Dr. Bart Andrews

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Dr. April Foreman

April C. Foreman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She also serves as Suicide Prevention Lead for Veterans Integrated Service Network 16, a region of Veterans Affairs. She on the Executive Committee for the Board of the American Association of Suicidology. She is passionate about helping people with severe (sometimes lethal) emotional pain, and in particular advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses.  She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media, and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for her work as a founder and moderator of the first sponsored regular mental health chat on Twitter, the weekly Suicide Prevention Social Media chat (#SPSM, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, AAS). In the recent years this chat has become one of the largest and most active mental health centered social media communities on Twitter. Her dream is to use her unique skills and vision to build a mental health system effectively and elegantly designed to serve the people who need it.

Dr. Bart Andrews

Bart Andrews, Ph.D., is Vice President of Clinical Practice/Evaluation at Behavioral Health Response.  Dr. Andrews is the President of the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors, Co-Chair of the Suicide Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices committee, a member of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Steering Committee, an SPRC  ZeroSuicide Academy Faculty member and member of the American Association of Suicidology’s Executive Board of Directors.  Dr. Andrews is a suicide attempt survivor and a proponent of embracing lived expertise in our suicide prevention efforts.  Dr. Andrews believes that the path to suicide prevention must be framed in the context of relationships, community and culture.  Dr. Andrews was recognized as one of the top 21 mental health professionals of 2015 to follow on Twitter.

Dr. Andrews has over 20 years of experience providing behavioral health services.  He is actively involved in raising community awareness about the risk of suicide and training community members, law enforcement and other professionals in suicide assessment and intervention.  Dr. Andrews is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Senior Training Coach. Through BHR, Dr. Andrews created the first suicide follow-up program in the State of Missouri, and BHR has expanded suicide follow-up care to youth and adults throughout the eastern region of Missouri.

Lance Powers

Lance is a founder, Technologist, and the Chief Evangelist at Sigmend, a Denver-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to "reduce the death and disability associated with brain conditions by disrupting U.S. social norms and partnering with workplaces to promote neurodiversity".  Lance launched his career by building a $5 million dollar energy efficient lighting company in just a few years. He then transitioned into high-tech as the lead frontend developer at Orderly, a Techstars Company working to reshape the way we manage our personal healthcare.

Throughout these roles, his advocacy and openness about his brain disorder have made him a confidant to many tech employees and entrepreneurs. His experience as a worker in tech and suicide survivor living with Type I Bipolar disorder give him a unique perspective into the employee experience.

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