Living in a Black Hole: Depression and Suicide Prevention Workshop

Location: Governors State University
Day: Friday, June 12, 2015
Time: Noon - 4pm
Room: TBD

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Please use for registration: CE-MH06-01
Fee: $30 for Professionals and the General Public

Please use for registration: CE-MH06-02
Free for Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students (Verification required)

Presenters: Darlene Wright, Ph.D and Crystal Harris Blount, Ph.D.

This presentation will help participants learn the signs, symptoms and risk factors for major depression and suicide.  We will provide a framework for understanding the cultural elements that influence these factors.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, clinical depression affects 15 million Americans every year, and approximately 25% of high school students seriously consider suicide each year in the US. This is a unique opportunity for local mental health providers to increase their awareness of this growing epidemic and to discuss its prevalence in our community.  We will also example specific cases with diverse clients involving assessment and treatment issues with depression.   What can be done to diminish this growing problem among adolescents? Come join us and accept the challenge of providing resources within your organization for those at risk for suicide. 

  • Presenter Bios: Crystal Harris Blount, Ph.D.


    Crystal Harris Blount, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University.  She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.  Her dissertation research examined symptoms of depression in African American adults following stressful situations. Her clinical experience includes individual counseling and marital and family therapy within several community mental health centers in South Bend. Dr. Blount also has a Master’s Degree in pastoral care and counseling. She has worked in a variety of ecumenical settings counseling with patients with mental health issues.  Dr. Blount also advocates for mental health education within the public school system.  She is currently involved in research and consulting on academic stress in high school students and the role of financial stress in decision making.


  • Presenter Bios: Darlene Wright, Ph.D.


    Darlene Wright, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a tenured professor at Governors State University.  Dr. Wright received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.  She completed her internship at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Wright has worked with children, adolescents and adults who have been diagnosed with depression and related disorders.  She has lead local and national workshops for teachers, psychologists, and mental health workers on evaluating and treating disorders associated with depression, anxiety and substance use.  Dr. Wright has also conducted several workshops on issues related to grief and loss.