First Responder Mental Health Awareness Summit

First Responder Mental Health Awareness Summit

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November 13, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John Gilbert Reese Center
1209 University Drive, Newark, Ohio

In this inaugural First Responder Mental Health Awareness Summit, COTC's Institute for Public Services and Safety brings awareness to the mental health and well-being of first responders. A 2017 white paper by the Ruderman Family Foundation revealed that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. We invite the first responder community in addition to mental health professionals to attend this event to help bring awareness to many of the deeply personal issues that are creating a sense of urgency within the public safety sector.


The First Responder Mental Health Awareness Summit is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

For More Information

Contact Kevin Reardon at reardon.18@cotc.edu or 740.364.9564.



Kenneth Yeager, PhD
Professor-Clinical in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University
Director of Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program at The Ohio State University

Kenneth Yeager, PhD, holds the David E. Schuller Professorship for Patient Compassion. He has numerous publications in areas of: crisis intervention; resilience building; treating co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness; quality improvement and developing quality metrics; and evidence-based practice including the Oxford University Press book entitled Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services. He is a member of Oxford Bibliographies Online editorial board and a treating clinician for the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse.


Brian Barkett, PsyD
Founder and President of Better Minds Group

Brian Barkett, PsyD, believes that adapting to this technological revolution blowing the winds of change at gale force is the great challenge of our time. As a life-work coach, he helps clients change the instantaneously automatic, crummy emotional reactions that overwhelm calm reactions and waste enormous amounts of brain to become more thoughtful, mentally flexible, adaptive and effective. He is a board member for Mental Health & Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties, an American Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association member, and a licensee of the Global Consulting Partnership.



Peer to Peer Intervention
Lt. Marty Fellure, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Steven Click, First Responder Liaison, Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

How Big is Your Bucket and What's In It?
Lisa K. Callander, LISW-S, LICDC-S, MSW and Mick Yinger, Executive Director of The Bridge

The Body Keeps Score
Kelly Campbell, LISW-S, Executive Director of The Woodlands Serving Central Ohio, Inc.

Saving Those Who Save Others
Jennifer Cramer, LPC, Outreach Team and Instructor at Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance


A resource room staffed with licensed counselors will be available throughout the day for participants that have specific questions or areas of concern. 

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