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Speaking Up About Suicide Webinar

October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Panelists will share their personal experience with navigating suicidal thoughts/attempts and how moving through them informs their work to create a more accepting world. Audience will have opportunity to ask questions and offer reflections through chat.
Tokyo Baldwin (she/her) experienced suicidal thoughts becoming a norm for her after extreme trauma, including the death of her daughter’s father. Ineffective medications made her feel out of options. Tokyo survived by creating resources for herself where there were none, and is now Black Community Connector for the Wild Ivy Social Justice Network and an advocate at Afiya, Massachusett’s first peer respite house.
Sean Donovan (he/him) is a queer man who has experienced psychiatric hospitalization and is now passionate about mental health system change advocacy and preserving queer history at the Sexual Minorities Archive. Sean facilitates “Alternatives to Suicide” groups, LGBTQIA+ support spaces and plays in the punk band Feminine Aggression.
Caroline Mazel-Carlton (she/her) spent many years in psychiatric treatment and group homes but found the most powerful ways to navigate her suicidal experiences through roller derby, re-claiming ancestral spiritual practices, and activism. She is the co-Director of the Wild Ivy Social Justice Network and a Kesher fellow through the ALEPH Alliance of Jewish Renewal.This event is free but donations to support the Wildflower Alliance are welcomed. The Wildflower Alliance supports a global network working to increase support for marginalized experiences such as suicide, psychiatric diagnosis, housing issues, and other life-interrupting challenges. The Wildflower Alliance is also home to the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and the Wild Ivy Social Justice Network.