3rd Life Matters 

Harford County Suicide Prevention Conference 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for social distancing, we have made decision to postpone this event.  In the next several weeks we hope to finalize a new date for this event, tentatively in the Fall or early Winter of 2020.    


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8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

     Opening remarks begin at        8:45 AM 
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Mountain Christian Church                      New Life Center

1802 Mountain Rd
Joppa, MD 21085

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Angela Gray

Office on Mental Health

For your Comfort

We strongly encourage you to dress in layers and bring a light sweater or jacket to the conference as the temperature may vary.  

Most recent statistics from 2017 indicate, there were 47,173 deaths by suicide in the United States.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all age groups, everyday approximately 129 Americans die by suicide, one death every 14 minutes.  Over three times as many people died by suicide in Maryland than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents, 630 annually.  Over the past five years, the rate of deaths by suicide in Harford County has increased by 9%.  Harford County has the sixth highest suicide completion rate, 12.3%, well above the State average.  Suicide can be one of the most preventable deaths; however, it is the leading cause of death in young people, ages 15-29.  Over the past three years, the suicidal thought rate for Harford County adolescents has increased by 9% and sadness/hopelessness rates have increased by 14%.  As a county, we have seen a rapid increase of suicidal ideation among children in elementary and middle school. 

 The goal of the Office on Mental Health/Core Service Agency of Harford County is to increase knowledge of behavioral health disorders and raise awareness regarding the impact of suicide on our local community, local law enforcement, and behavioral health professionals.  The Office on Mental Health/ Core Service Agency of Harford County is passionate about paving the way to confront behavioral health stigma head-on.  The stigma that often surrounds behavioral health keeps many people from seeking the help they need when they need it most.  In fact, most people living with behavioral health challenges say that the stigma they face causes shame and self-doubt, isolation, increased substance use, loss of hope in the ability to recover, and increased suicidal thoughts (NAMI, 2016).

 The Office on Mental Health/Core Service Agency of Harford County strives to make Harford County a suicide and stigma free community!  

Important Announcement

We have gone GREEN!!!

This conference will be


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Plenary Speaker

Daniel McGhee, will share his story of depression, and anxiety which lead to a path of alcoholism and opioid addiction.  During his time in active addiction, Daniel suffered overdoses, suicide attempts, a heart attack, and incarceration.  Daniel will share his experiences, journey in recovery, and his new outlook on life.              Book for Purchase!! www.chasingaflawedsun.com

6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered for

Board of Professional Counselors

Board of Social Work Examiners

First Responders


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