Healthy Men Michigan


Living Life on the Offense: Tackling Men's Mental Fitness with Eric Hipple

Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Join us on Monday, September 25th at 12 noon ET for a talk with Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback, suicide loss survivor, and mental health advocate.

Eric has teamed up with Healthy Men Michigan to tell his story of personal loss, struggle, and recovery. In this webinar, he will present his program "Living Life on the Offense" and discuss the importance of mental fitness assessment when strategizing for your own health game plan. Topics include problem solving, trauma, brain illness, and health screening.

Eric will be joined by Healthy Men Michigan Principal Investigator Jodi Frey, PhD, of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, who will further address mental health and suicide prevention in working-aged men. Jodi will give background on the campaign and address how attendees can be a part of the men’s mental fitness movement.

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Open May 16, 2017

What’s Really Going On? Identifying Depression and Suicide Risk in Men in Healthcare Settings

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Although men are less likely than women to seek help for health-related issues, they are more disposed to contact a professional about physical symptoms than emotional ones. Consequently, these providers are often the first health professionals to observe signs of depression and suicide risk in the men they serve.

In this webinar, panelists will discuss using screenings to identify these symptoms in men across healthcare settings, as well as methods for helping them pursue appropriate treatment.

  • Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW -- Director of Psychiatry Research at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. He has led several large research projects on suicide prevention and other mental health issues, and his recent work has been published in more than 50 journal articles since 2011.
  • Lawrence R. Fischetti, PhD -- Associate Director of Behavioral Science and Community Medicine for the Oakwood Annapolis Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also Director of Communication and General Competency Training at Oakwood Hospital, Department of Medical Education.

Open April 11, 2017

For Men Who Think of Sirens As Driving Music: Addressing the Emotional Needs of First Responders and Public Safety Officials

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First responders and public safety workers experience repeated exposure to trauma through their work. This can have a lasting impact on mental well-being and puts these men and women at increased risk. As a result of career-related stress, first responders and public safety workers often face emotional needs unique to their occupations and require access to resources that are specific to understanding those circumstances. Learn what experts are doing to help men who are first responders with their emotional fitness. Speakers included:

  • Jeff Dill, Founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) and retired Captain of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, IL.
  • Steve Darling, MA; Retired Michigan State Police Officer, including 8 years with Behavioral Science as a law enforcement counselor, and also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University.

Open March 6, 2017

You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape: Preventing Suicide in the Construction Industry

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Webinar on preventing suicide in the construction industry. The suicide rate among workers in the construction industry is four times the national average. Experts consider potential causes to be financial stress, "tough guy" culture, being away from family for seasonal work, and a high-pressure work environment. Speakers included:

  • Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries, Inc. Cal is a Co-Lead and Executive Committee Member of the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
  • David James, Chief Financial Officer of FNF Construction, Inc., one of the nation’s top heavy-highway contractors. David is an active member of the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
  • Bob VandePol, Executive Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services' Employee Assistance Program. Bob previously helped to grow Crisis Care Network from a startup to the world’s largest provider of Critical Incident Response Services to the workplace.

Open February 7, 2017

It'll Treat You Better Than A MRE: How Screening Can Prevent Veteran Suicide

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Join us for a discussion about preventing suicide among military veterans. Panelists included:

  • Tom K. Cruz. Cruz is an Active Duty Master Sergeant in the US Army with 21 years of experience.
  • April C. Foreman, PhD. Foreman is a licensed psychologist serving veterans as the suicide prevention coordinator for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care system. She also serves as the Suicide Prevention Lead for Veterans Integrated Service Network 16, a region of Veterans Affairs.
  • Deacon Taylor. Taylor is a veteran of the US Army and the National Chair of the Veterans Party of America.

Open October 26, 2016

Learn at Lunch: Healthy Men Michigan Outreach Strategies

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Join Screening for Mental Health for a Learn at Lunch: Healthy Men Michigan Outreach Strategies webinar. SMH covers tips, tricks, and ideas on how to best promote the campaign.

Open August 16, 2016

Best Practices for Promoting Healthy Men Michigan

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Do you have questions about how to promote the campaign? Screening for Mental Health, Principal Investigator Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, Senior Program Director at the Carson J Spencer Foundation, review best practices in promoting the Healthy Men Michigan campaign and give a background on the screening tool, partner organizations, the research component of the site, and more!